During a long and distinguished career that has spanned the public and private sectors, Tom Ridge has established himself as an authority in areas as diverse as intelligence analysis, national security, economic development, education, health and the environment.
In response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Tom Ridge was appointed by then-President George W. Bush as the first Director of the newly formed Office of Homeland Security. In January 2003, the Office of Homeland Security was designated by the Bush administration as an official Cabinet-level Department and Ridge was appointed the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security. During his tenure, Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees to form an agency that was responsible for strengthening border security, providing intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection, improving the use of technology to counter weapons of mass destruction, and creating a comprehensive response and recovery division.
Prior to his time in the Bush administration, Ridge served as the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001 where his aggressive technology strategy fueled the state’s economic development. Since re-entering the private sector, Ridge has served on several public and private boards.