Speakers

The Honorable David Pekoske

Before joining TSA, Pekoske was an executive in the government services industry where he led teams that provided counterterrorism, security and intelligence support services to government agencies. Most notably, Pekoske served as the 26th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard culminating a Coast Guard career that included extensive operational and command experience. As the Vice Commandant, Pekoske was second in command, also serving as Chief Operating Officer and Component Acquisition Executive of the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation and port and maritime security.

Pekoske holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His awards include the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation and Achievement Medals. .

Darby LaJoye

Darby LaJoye was named the Executive Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations in September 2016. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the office.

As Executive Assistant Administrator, LaJoye oversees risk-based, adaptive security that includes airport checkpoint and baggage screening operations, regulatory compliance, cargo inspections, and other specialized programs designed to secure transportation. He leads security operations for approximately 440 airports nationwide, including a workforce of more than 50,000 employees.

Previously, LaJoye served as the Federal Security Director of Los Angeles. He was responsible for Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport, with inter-modal responsibilities throughout Southern California and Hawaii.  He managed the largest field staff, with nearly 3,000 employees, and sat on several executive boards from universities and law enforcement organizations. LaJoye also served as the Federal Security Director at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and held other management positions within operations throughout his tenure. He joined TSA in 2002 and was instrumental in the federalization of airports throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions.

Before joining TSA, LaJoye served in the U.S. Army in various light infantry and airborne units. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Richmond, earning a degree in Human Resource Management. He attended the Harvard Business School for Executive Education and has a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.