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Gale Rossides

Gale Rossides' career spanned 34 years in the public sector where she led major reforms following several critical events in our Nation's history, culminating in creating the Transportation Security Administration. Gale served as the agency’s Deputy Administrator/COO for five years and Acting Administrator/CEO for 18 months.

Gale was one of the six original federal executives hand-picked in 2001 to build TSA from scratch --- the largest public mobilization since World War II. She served as TSA's Associate Administrator responsible for all administrative and technology functions of the new agency. This involved scaling TSA from zero employees to 60,000 new Federal personnel and transforming all US aviation security operations from the private sector to the public sector in accordance with the Congressional mandates that created TSA. Gale served as Deputy Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from April 2007 until her retirement in July 2012, managing day-to-day and strategic operations of its 8 billion dollar enterprise across 450 domestic airports and regulating hundreds of international airport operations serviced by US airlines.

Appointed by the Secretary of DHS in January 2009 to serve as Acting TSA Administrator, Gale held that post for 18 months. In this capacity, she served as Chief Executive Officer of TSA, responsible for all agency matters, including Congressional testimony and recommending major policy initiatives to the White House and the President's National Security team. She led TSA's efforts for major reforms in aviation security after the Christmas Day 2009 attempted attack.

Prior to joining TSA, Gale had a distinguished career at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in the Department of Treasury from 1978 to 2001. Gale was appointed as the co-chair of a Blue Ribbon panel to overhaul the Bureau in the aftermath of the Waco tragedy in 1993. She served at ATF for eight years as the Director of all law enforcement, regulatory and leadership training; she also served for six years as a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Board of Directors for state and local law enforcement training.

Gale founded Galene, LLC, a management and security consulting firm, in July 2012. She is a guest lecturer in Leadership and Public Policy programs at Gettysburg College in conjunction with The Eisenhower Institute in Washington, DC and is a member of the COO SAGE community with the Partnership for Public Service.

Gale earned her Bachelor's degree with a double major from Wheaton College, Norton, MA, is a graduate of George Washington University's School of Business and Public Management Contemporary Executive Development Program and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Leadership Education and Public Policy program.

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