Charles Bartoldus is an operations and policy executive with over thirty four years of law enforcement, national security, and border protection experience developing, implementing, and directing tactical and strategic programs within the White House National Security Staff (NSS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Mr. Bartoldus led and directed implementation and operational deployment of national screening programs and global trade initiatives. His expertise lies in border security, customs and immigration operations, risk management, and technologies applied to border security.
Most recently in government, Mr. Bartoldus served as Senior Director of Transportation & Border Security of the NSS at the Executive Office of the President. In this capacity, he chaired interagency policy committees on immigration, supply chain security, information sharing, risk-management strategies, screening policies, and other transportation and border security programs. He developed policy options, strategies, and implementation guidance across for the US Information Sharing Environment and led the policy teams responsible for the 2014 Presidential Executive Order.
Prior to serving at the NSS, Mr. Bartoldus directly managed the DHS Office of Resilience in the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Office of Policy – Resilience for DHS, where he was responsible for the development, formulation, and implementation of departmental policies on disaster pre-planning and recovery.
Mr. Bartoldus previously served as the Senior Director of the Screening Coordination Office at DHS, where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of DHS-wide improved traveler screening and watch-listing programs, the development of the Transportation and Security Administration Secure Flight Program, the “one-DHS solution,” international screening platforms, and shared information technology solutions. He oversaw the development and implementation of key DHS-wide strategic initiatives including enforcement systems for cargo, passenger, and worker screening, targeting and analysis.
In the position of Executive Director of National Targeting and Security at the CBP, Mr. Bartoldus designed and launched the establishment of the National Targeting Center for passenger and cargo. He directly managed daily operations, led the development of automated risk-based screening systems, successfully integrated Immigration & Naturalization Service and Customs anti-terrorism staff into one team, and directly supported the development and operation of the Container Security Initiative, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Immigration Advisory Programs.
Early in his career, Mr. Bartoldus held various positions in the Customs Service: Headquarters Policy Offices, Trade and Passenger Programs, Director for Seized Property Division, Executive Director of the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, Congressional liaison officer, manager, supervisor, operations analyst and customs inspector.
Mr. Bartoldus has a B.A. from Queens College and also attended CUNY New York. He has attended the Federal Executive Institute and Customs Executive Leadership Program as well. He has received several awards, most notably, the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, the DHS Security Silver Star for Meritorious Service and the CBP Manager of the Year.
Senior Director, Transportation & Border Security, National Security Staff, Executive Office of the President
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy – Resilience, Department of Homeland Security
Senior Director, Screening Coordination Office, Department of Homeland Security
Executive Director, National Targeting and Security, Customs and Border Protection