Peter Neffenger

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Distinguished Senior Fellow; Former Administrator of the Transportation Security Agency

Peter Neffenger was appointed in 2015 by President Obama to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a position he held until January 2017. Prior to this he enjoyed a distinguished and high profile career in the US Coast Guard, most recently serving as the 29th Vice Commandant, and as the Deputy National Incident Commander during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, the largest and most complex in US history. When he took the helm of the embattled TSA, the agency’s challenges were substantial and numerous. His subsequent transformation of the entire organization earned the TSA widespread recognition as the turnaround agency of the year and led to his being named one of the 25 most influential business travel executives of 2016 by Business Travel News. 

He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College, Master of Arts in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace University, from where he recently received an honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Public Service). He is a two--‐time recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Medal and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience.

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