Mary Leftridge Byrd serves as Regional Security Director of the Surface Operations Division for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. Mary has responsibility for all modes of surface transportation for thirteen states and Puerto Rico. For 11 years prior to her current position, Director Leftridge Byrd served as the Federal Security Director (FSD) at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA. In April 2019, she became the senior field executive with responsibility for all federalized airports across the state of Georgia. During her tenure, she led significant improvements in administration, screening, regulatory compliance, passenger, and baggage operations.
Director Leftridge Byrd previously served as Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary with the State of Washington, Department of Corrections, where she directed staff responsible for supervision of 27,000 criminal offenders and directed the implementation of evidence-based programs. Prior to that appointment, she served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Corrections as Deputy Secretary. Ms. Leftridge Byrd was responsible for leading personnel and managing resources in the administration of correctional state institutions housing all convicted inmates committed to the state correctional system and has served as Superintendent of maximum-security prisons incarcerating male and female inmates.
Director Leftridge Byrd holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and has completed master’s studies in Public Policy with the University of Maryland. Director Leftridge Byrd is a recipient of the inaugural Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award, and was honored to have been selected by the Atlanta Tribune as one of the metropolitan area “Superwomen”. She has also been recognized as Criminal Justice Professional of the Year by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. She was honored by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (WIFLE), as a recipient of their highest honor, the President’s Award. She is also the recipient of the American Correctional Association’s annual award as the Best in the Business and received the Woman of Achievement award by the Delaware County Commission for Women. She has also received the Department of Homeland Security, TSA People First Award, recognizing a strong commitment to people.
Director Leftridge Byrd enjoys writing and speaking, focusing on diversity, inclusion and affirming action, leadership development, creating effective teams in large organizations and the role, responsibility, and impact of leaders in shaping organizational culture.