Mark Camillo '76

Portrait of Mark Camillo.Mark Camillo ’76 is internationally recognized as a law enforcement and security professional, with expertise in the area of emergency preparedness operations. He is credited with directing the security operations of some of the most critical infrastructures in the world.

Camillo began his career in law enforcement as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, where he completed a distinguished 21-year career that included three separate assignments at the White House.

Specialized assignments at the White House required protecting four U.S. presidents and family members and ultimately being head of the White House Security Branch, which encompassed the supervision of daily security, emergency preparedness and all-hazards operations at the White House complex.

Following his final White House tour of duty, Camillo continued his advancement in the Secret Service by being appointed to the position of deputy assistant director, detailed to the headquarters of the newly created Department of Homeland Security. He continued working in critical assignments until his return to Secret Service headquarters, where he was appointed the chief technology officer for the agency. 

Camillo held several key positions during his career in major event planning, but the most notable was being appointed the Olympic coordinator for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Under his direction, the Secret Service executed its mission through presidential executive order to design, plan and implement the federal operational security plan for the Games. The successful execution of this carefully designed preparedness and prevention plan was later identified by the White House Office of Homeland Security as an excellent model for future security designs at events of national significance.

Camillo serves as an appointed member of the American Society of Industrial Security’s Global Terrorism Council, an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and chair of the Board of Trustees for the Academy for Venue Safety & Security conducted annually by the International Association of Venue Managers.

Most recently, Camillo was named a senior fellow at the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection, serving as a subject matter expert in security studies and operations.

He currently is senior vice president for strategic planning at Contemporary Services Corp., the leader in event security and crowd management in the United States. 

Camillo received his Bachelor of Science in Education from California University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Post-graduate studies include coursework at Johns Hopkins University.

Upcoming Topics

Sept. 18: FBI — Cyber crime and child exploitation

Sept. 25: Canine police

Oct 2:  Pennsylvania State Police — Accident reconstruction 

Oct 23: Annual Homeland and International Security Conference

Oct 30: Pat Picciarelli — Private investigator and crime novelist

Nov. 6: State and federal probation 


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