Managing Principal, Neffenger Consulting; Former Administrator, U.S. Transportation Security Administration
Vice Admiral 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 career in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as the 29th Vice Commandant, in addition to earlier assignments that included Deputy Commandant for Operations and Deputy National Incident Commander for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, the largest and most complex in U.S. history. When he took the helm of the TSA, the agency’s challenges were substantial and numerous. His subsequent transformation of the 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.
Currently managing his own consulting business, he holds an MPA from Harvard University, an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, an MA in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a BA 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, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government.