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 implementation and 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 programs. He developed policy options, strategies, and implementation guidance across agencies for the U.S. Information Sharing Environment
and led the policy teams responsible for the 2014 Presidential Executive Order.
Prior to serving at the NSS, Mr. Bartoldus served in the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Office of Policy-Resilience for DHS, where he was responsible for the formulation and
implementation of DHS policies on disaster preparation and recovery.
Prior to this position, Bartoldus served in London for 3 years as the DHS Attaché to the United
Kingdom and Ireland. As the in-country representative for DHS to the UK Home Office, he
helped develop and implement DHS policy initiatives between the countries. He collaborated
with the U.K. Home Office to develop joint screening and risk management strategies used to
secure the London 2012 Summer Olympics. He also served on the Ambassador’s management
team as lead DHS representative for embassy operations and intelligence coordination.
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 TSA Secure
Flight Program, the “one-DHS solution,” international screening platforms, and shared
information technology solutions. He oversaw 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, CTPAT, 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, supervisor, operations
analyst and customs inspector. Mr. Bartoldus has a B.A. from Queens College. He has attended
the Federal Executive Institute and Customs Executive Leadership Program. He has received
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.