Julia Pierson is an experienced law enforcement executive and former Director of the United States Secret Service. Ms. Pierson’s federal career spanned 5 Presidential administrations with protective and investigative assignments around the world. Ms. Pierson built a reputation as an inspiring leader, culminating with her appointment 2013 by President Barack Obama to become the 23rd Director of the United States Secret Service.
During her tenure at the Secret Service, Ms. Pierson oversaw and participated in daily global operations and workforce readiness for 7,000 employees and a $2B federal budget supporting Presidential and dignitary protective operations, National Special Security Events, threat assessments and risk management activities, criminal and cyber crime investigations.
Ms. Pierson is credited with implementing significant improvements to agency management and operations by developing and deploying technology solutions to enhance operational readiness capabilities, streamline processes that provides high-quality data to enhance operational analyses and organizational planning.
Ms. Pierson has participated in DHS multiagency operations, and Secret Service security and recovery operations following the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC, Anthrax mailings, and the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Ms. Pierson is currently the CEO of Secure23 and an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), the Honor Roll Foundation, and a Board Officer for The Trust for Trauma Journalism (TTJ).
Ms. Pierson earned a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, and was recognized with an Honorary Alumni Award in 2013. She has completed executive development programs at The George Washington University, the Brookings Institute, and Harvard University, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Cohort 11.