Susan Tashiro was named Assistant Administrator for TSA’s Inspection Office in September 2022. In this role, she provides executive oversight for testing of agency programs, operations and overall security effectiveness. Tashiro also leads the Inspection Office’s international outreach initiative, partnering with many nations to raise the global transportation security baseline.
Tashiro joined TSA in August 2002. She served as the Assistant Administrator for Domestic Aviation Operations and was responsible for providing executive oversight of approximately 440 Federalized airports, 74 field executives, and over 46,000 Transportation Security Officers. Tashiro was also the Security Operations Regional Director for Regions 2 and 7, covering airports from the Mid-Atlantic down to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, she served as the Federal Security Director for Washington Dulles International Airport and the Deputy Federal Security Director for Washington Reagan National Airport, where she handled day-to-day security operations, including both passenger and baggage screening.
Tashiro also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Capabilities, providing executive oversight and ensuring compliance with the TSA’s strategic and operational goals. Her responsibilities included testing, procuring and deploying security capabilities, as well as oversight of day-to-day operations for a FY $800 million technology budget and over $2.5 billion in fielded equipment. Prior to that, she worked in multiple positions within TSA, including serving as the General Manager for Plans and Programs within Security Operations, and the Director of two business management offices.
Prior to joining TSA, Tashiro worked at a court and law enforcement consulting firm, and at the U.S. Department of Justice. While at DOJ, she was part of a team that released and supported $6.1 billion in funding for crime prevention programs. Tashiro received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University and University of Colorado, respectively.