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David McWhorter

Principal of Catalyst Partners

Dr. McWhorter earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (with Brooks H. Pate) from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington and Lee University. 

After a postdoctoral appointment at The National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), Dr. McWhorter spent over seven years at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center.  There, in addition to several Department of Defense projects, he served as the Deputy Project Leader for IDA on the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) SAFETY Act (the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002).  In this position he led the technical evaluations of anti-terrorism products and services across a broad spectrum of countermeasures for chemical, biological, explosive, nuclear, cyber and human threats, including services. 

In 2007, Dr. McWhorter joined Catalyst Partners, a DC-based homeland security consulting and government relations firm. In his role as a Principal, he began Catalyst’s SAFETY Act Practice and Technology Evaluation Practice. He represented clients in front of DHS, private sector companies, and other potential customers, spearheading dozens of successful SAFETY Act applications.

Dr. McWhorter started his own firm in 2014: The Homeland Security Consulting Group (HSCG). Working with industry partners, The HSCG continues serving clients across the Homeland Security space. He constantly scouts the anti-terrorism and security marketplaces to identify relevant technology, performs independent evaluations, and helps his clients assemble quantitative evidence of the effectiveness of the technologies. The HSCG also provides business development services for its clients. Leveraging his vast network of security professionals, Dr. McWhorter brings his clients’ technology directly to potential end users and to potential industry partners. In the years since The HSCG was founded, Dr. McWhorter has prepared several more dozen successful SAFETY Act applications for his clients. Representative clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, start-up tech companies, and everything in between.