Kristen Neller Verderame
As CEO of Pondera International, Ms. Verderame leads a boutique firm that provides policy analysis and advocacy services in the area of cyber security, healthcare and management consulting for start-up and small companies, including serving as interim management to help companies through growth and
transformational periods. Ms. Verderame also serves as external general counsel to a number of startups, small and medium-size companies. She is a member of the Dingman Center Angels at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where she invests in, mentors and coaches
entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Stars Network at the MACH37 cybersecurity startup incubator in Northern Virginia.
Ms. Verderame spent over ten years in a variety of roles within BT (British Telecom) Group plc, serving as Vice President and General Counsel for the company’s US operations and as the head of BT’s lobbying and government affairs office in Washington, D.C. She has extensive experience in cyber security, telecommunications and technology, and designing and running international lobbying campaigns and programs to support business objectives.
Ms. Verderame holds several advisory roles outside of her day-to-day professional responsibilities. Among her external roles, she has been actively involved in the network of BritishAmerican organizations in the US and UK throughout her career, and currently serves as the Vice President and General Counsel to the British American Business Council, the international umbrella organization that represents over 2,500 British and American businesses across 25 chapters in the US and the UK. She is also past president of the Washington, D.C. chapter. Ms. Verderame serves on the Advisory Board of the Gerstacker Institute of Management at Albion College, her alma mater.
Ms. Verderame received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and her Bachelors
of Arts degree from Albion College, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors. She has two children
and lives in McLean, Virginia.