Operating Partner
Kevin McAleenan
Team | Operating Partners & Advisors

Mr. McAleenan is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 14 years of experience in the defense and government services industries, and serves as the President of BigBear.ai, an AE Industrial portfolio company. Mr. McAleenan currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio company Edge Autonomy. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Gryphon Technologies, prior to its sale to ManTech International Corporation in 2021, and American Pacific Corporation, prior to its sale to NewMarket Corporation in 2024. 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 September 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.

  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • Amherst College, BA
Prior Experience
  • Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)