Brett Gunter serves as the Assistant Administrator for Security and Administrative Services, overseeing TSA’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Security Officer functions. He is responsible for real estate services, property management, occupational safety and health, and physical security at over 600 TSA facilities nationwide. Gunter is also responsible for the agency’s security clearance and re-investigation process.
Prior to this role, Gunter served as the Director of National Training and Education at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he oversaw the Emergency Management Institute, Center for Domestic Preparedness, Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. He was responsible for providing specialized technical and leadership training to the nation’s 2 million emergency responders and homeland security professionals. Prior to joining FEMA, Gunter served as the TSA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Training and Development, overseeing all security, law enforcement, technical, leadership, and regulatory training, as well as career development programs for 60,000 employees located at more than 450 sites.
During his tenure at TSA, Gunter has held a number of senior leadership positions, including Assistant Director of Security Services and Assessments, overseeing a portfolio of security programs including the Insider Threat Program, Joint Vulnerability Assessments, and MANPADS Assessments. As the Assistant Director for Flight Operations, Gunter supervised Federal Air Marshal deployments worldwide and provided overall direction for TSA operations, incident management, emergency preparedness and continuity of operations. He also served four years as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Personnel and Training where he initiated and managed accreditation of TSA’s law enforcement training programs.
Gunter’s military service includes assignments with SEAL Team Six, SEAL Team Five and Underwater Demolition Team Eleven.
Gunter received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, with a concentration in transportation systems. Gunter was the 2016 recipient of the DHS Secretary’s Exceptional Service Gold Medal for outstanding leadership in homeland security.