Areas of Practice
  • Temple University, Ph.D, 20th Century US Diplomatic History, 2002
  • Temple University, M.A., US Diplomatic History, 1998
  • Duke University, B.A., 1993

Marc Frey

Senior Director
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6414
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Marc Frey is a Senior Director in Steptoe's Washington office, where he helps clients navigate the complexities and policies at the nexus of international business and security.

Prior to joining the firm Dr. Frey was Chief of Staff for the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  He worked extensively with DHS’s agencies – including the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration Customs Enforcement – to implement policies regarding aviation and border security, travel and trade facilitation, and international information sharing and law enforcement cooperation.

Dr. Frey previously served in the Department as Director of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  In that role, he directed the successful interagency effort to enhance the security of and expand the VWP.  In addition, he oversaw the development and implementation of VWP policy and program activities within the US Government; led US Government negotiations with participating countries; and managed the statutorily required security assessments of 36 member countries.  He also served as the Senior Advisor to the Department’s Chief Security Officer, where he shaped counterintelligence, law enforcement, facility protection, contingency planning, and other security-related policies and programs.

Prior to his service at DHS, Dr. Frey worked as an analyst on national and homeland security issues for both Lockheed Martin and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  At SAIC, he specialized in assessments of long-range trends and emerging technologies and capabilities for the Department of Defense.

Dr. Frey is a senior associate (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies; serves on the Executive Board of the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Homeland Security Division; and is a member of the American Council on Germany and the Atlantic Council of the United States.  He has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University and is on the board of its Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. 

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Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Board, National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Homeland Security Division
  • Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program
  • Member, Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Member, American Council on Germany (ACG)
  • Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations