Michael Bilello was appointed Assistant Administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs in October 2017. In this role, he advises TSA’s senior leadership on all internal and external communications, specifically employee, public and media engagement. Managing a diverse team of talented professionals who leverage a mix of traditional and social media, Bilello plans and directs the agency’s strategic communications to ensure timeliness, accuracy and transparency.
Bilello brings extensive public relations, strategic communications, marketing and spokesperson experience in both the private sector and the military. Most recently, he served as founder and CEO of Centurion Strategies, an agency that supports public and private companies, professional athletes and entertainers, university boards, and not-for-profit organizations with comprehensive public relations, marketing, advertising, spokesperson and crisis management services. He was named to PR Week’s 40 under 40 in 2008.
His communications portfolio includes working as a marketing professional for a global pharmaceutical company, as a senior public relations account executive for Fortune 500 companies, and as a public affairs and media relations officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bilello graduated from Florida State University with honors and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He is also a graduate of the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland.