Security Document World - Day 1: Building Effective Identity Foundations
"Managing identity with birth and death certificates"
A birth certificate is the very first identity document anyone is issued and forms the foundation of the identity ecosystem in America. They are used to obtain passports, driver’s licenses, and many other critical forms of ID. State vital records agencies across the U.S. issue birth certificates and are represented by NAPHSIS – a national membership association. Working together, we have developed new and exciting ways to make birth certificates more secure, standardized, and provide a way to verify them instantly – even in a widely variable, federated system. Our state government led systems play a key role in establishing identity - even if a physical birth certificate is not available. And NAPHSIS helps its members and many key partners in the public and government spheres prevent fraud by allowing access to fact of death information. These advances help protect PII and allow the right amount of access to institutions that need the information.
Shawna Webster was named Executive Director at NAPHSIS in 2017 after 5 years as Chief Operating Officer for the organization. Shawna is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has almost 20 years of experience managing membership associations and improving nonprofit governance structures. Before joining NAPHSIS in 2012, she spent nine years with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and has also worked with the American Counseling Association and the NAACP. After Shawna received her degree in Applied Anthropology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 1996, she was an agroforestry extension volunteer for the US Peace Corps in Cameroon.