Thad W. Allen retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 as its twenty-third commandant. He currently serves as the James Tyler chair at the Loy Institute for Leadership at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is also a senior executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton and HudsonAnalytix, where he supports government and commercial clients in cyber security, maritime security, navigation systems, emergency response, and crisis leadership. He is a nationally recognized expert in disaster response and an advisor to government leaders on creating unity of effort and governing structures to address complex problems.
Allen was the lead federal official for the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and served as national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also directed Coast Guard operations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He serves in an advisory role with the Department of Homeland Security, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence University, NASA, and the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board. He recently co-chaired a study at the National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research program addressing measures of community resilience in the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
A 1971 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Allen also holds master’s degrees from George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by George Washington University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the National Defense University, and the National Graduate School.