Thad Allen

Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Executive Vice President Thad Allen is a leader in the firm’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security business in the civil market. He leads the development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the future direction of law enforcement and homeland security. He is known for his expertise in bringing together government and non-government entities to address major challenges in a “whole of government” approach designed to achieve a unity of effort. Admiral Allen completed his distinguished career in the US Coast Guard as its 23rd Commandant.

In 2010, Admiral Allen was selected to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to his assignment as Commandant, Admiral Allen served as Coast Guard Chief of Staff. During his tenure in that position, in 2005, he was designated Principal Federal Official for the US government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Admiral Allen served with the Rand Corporation.

He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Allen also currently serves as a director on the Coast Guard Foundation. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Allen to the New York State Respond Commission tasked with finding ways to ensure that New York State is ready to respond to future weather-related disasters.

He is a 1971 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University. He also holds an M.S. degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.