Darby LaJoye was named the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations in September 2016. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the office.
As Assistant Administrator, LaJoye oversees risk-based, adaptive security that includes airport checkpoint and baggage screening operations, regulatory compliance, cargo inspections, and other specialized programs designed to secure transportation. He leads security operations for approximately 440 airports nationwide, including a workforce of more than 50,000 employees.
Previously, LaJoye served as the Federal Security Director of Los Angeles. He was responsible for Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport, with inter-modal responsibilities throughout Southern California and Hawaii. He managed the largest field staff, with nearly 3,000 employees, and sat on several executive boards from universities and law enforcement organizations. LaJoye also served as the Federal Security Director at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and held other management positions within operations throughout his tenure. He joined TSA in 2002 and was instrumental in the federalization of airports throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions.
Before joining TSA, LaJoye served in the U.S. Army in various light infantry and airborne units. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Richmond, earning a degree in Human Resource Management. He attended the Harvard Business School for Executive Education and has a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.