Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Thomas McDaniels serves as a liaison to administration, department and component officials. He provides strategic counsel on matters related to public and legislative affairs, policy matters, planning issues and engages with congressional staff as necessary. Additionally, McDaniels manages the executive secretary function and the assignment, preparation, and final disposition of official documents for concurrence, approval or signature of the Administrator and senior leadership.
Prior to joining TSA, he was Chief of Staff for U.S. House Representative Frederica Wilson. He also served as Chief Policy Advisor and Staff Director. From 2008 to 2011, McDaniels was Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and was the principal policy advisor for aviation security issues. As the Federal and State Legislative Coordinator for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department from 2003 to 2008, he organized federal and state legislative and policy efforts. In 2001 and 2002, McDaniels was Chief of Staff for U.S. House Representative Barbara Lee and he was Director of National Policy for the Legal Action Center from 2000 to 2001.
McDaniels holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami in 2007.