Thad W. Allen is a senior executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. He was formerly the executive vice president in the firm’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security business. Admiral Allen completed his distinguished career in the U.S. Coast Guard as its 23rd commandant. Prior to his assignment as commandant, he served as Coast Guard chief of staff. His other Coast Guard assignments include Atlantic Area commander and commander of the Coast Guard’s Seventh District. In 2010, President Barack Obama selected him to serve as the national incident commander for the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Admiral Allen is a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and a trustee of the Coast Guard Foundation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He holds an MA in public administration from George Washington University and an MS in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and has been awarded several honorary doctorates.