Kevin K. McAleenan
Mr. McAleenan is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 14 years of experience in the defense and government services industries. Mr. McAleenan currently sits on the boards of AE Industrial’s portfolio companies: AMPAC, BigBear.ai, Gryphon and Pangiam. Prior to joining AE Industrial, Mr. McAleenan served as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, as designated by President Trump in April of 2019. Before this appointment, he served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2018. Previously, he had served as CBP Acting Commissioner since January 2017. In December 2011, he was named acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. McAleenan served as the Area Port Director of Los Angeles International Airport, directing CBP’s border security operations at the Los Angeles airport and 17 other airport facilities in one of CBP’s largest field commands. Mr. McAleenan received a 2015 Presidential Rank Award—the nation’s highest civil service award. In 2005, he received the Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award, for spearheading efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive antiterrorism strategy in the border security context after Sept. 11, 2001. Mr. McAleenan has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2006. Before his government service, he practiced law in California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA degree from Amherst College.