Chief of Staff

Holly Canevari

Holly Canevari

Holly Canevari was named TSA Chief of Staff in March 2021. She provides strategic counsel on policy and planning matters as well as public and legislative affairs while serving as a liaison to the Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other agencies.  

Canevari has over two decades of policy, legislative, and managerial experience and a wealth of homeland security experience in the Executive and Legislative branches and in the private sector. 

Canevari has a deep understanding of DHS and its components. She first joined DHS as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Policy focused on initiatives such as screening and resilience. From 2012 to 2017, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, which included work to implement a strategic realignment of activities and where she was charged with coordination and collaboration on complex policy issues across DHS and in the interagency. 

Prior to her time at DHS Policy, she was a senior professional staff member on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security for Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), where she was responsible for management and oversight issues. She also served as a senior staff member for Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA), where she focused on port security, information sharing, and aviation security. Early on in her career, Canevari served as a Government Relations representative with then-United Technologies Corporation’s Washington, D.C. office representing the business interests of the company to Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. Canevari began her career in and around government and in Washington, D.C. on the staff of Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT). 

Just prior to joining TSA, Canevari served as a Director of Consulting Services at CGI Federal focusing on national security customers. In that role, she managed and responded to customer needs and challenges and was responsible for operations, management, and growth initiatives. Prior to her CGI Federal experience, Canevari was the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategy and Operations at BSA | The Software Alliance as a key partner and representative for internal and external affairs of the President and CEO and ensured alignment of BSA priorities and operations.

Canevari has a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.