Anthony Ornato currently serves as the Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service Office of Training. In this position, he administers the enterprise-wide oversight of structured policies and programs associated with Secret Service training and employee development. He recently was detailed to the White House and served as an Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. In that position, he was responsible for managing the overall administrative, technology, security, and military support structure for the President of the United States, as well as the day-to-day management of the White House Complex, the Executive Office of the President, Presidential facilities, and the President’s schedule and travel operations. In total, the organization includes approximately 5,000 employees, with an unclassified budget of approximately $800M.
As Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Mr. Ornato had authority over the budget, human resources, information technology (IT) systems, and facilities management of the Executive Office of the President; the Presidential Airlift Group (Air Force One); the Presidential Marine Helicopter Squadron (Marine One); Camp David; the White House Communications Agency; Presidential Continuity Policy, Plans and Requirements.
Prior to his detail at the White House, Mr. Ornato served as the SES Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of the Office of Investigations (INV). As the DAD, Mr. Ornato oversaw the foreign field offices as well as all headquarters divisions under INV, including the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). He was responsible for all investigative strategies as well as the implementation of investigative training at the National Computer Forensics Institute.
Mr. Ornato previously served as the SES Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD). As the SAIC, Mr. Ornato directed all Presidential Protective Division operational strategies and is responsible for the protective methodology and procedures for the President and the First Family. In addition, he managed all personnel, operations, and a travel expense budget for the Presidential Protective Division. Prior to assuming the office, Mr. Ornato served as the SES DSAIC of the Presidential Protective Division, supervising the White House Security Branch which included physical protection of all events on the White House Complex.
Mr. Ornato has also held the positions of ASAIC and ATSAIC of the PPD, as well as ATSAIC of the New York Field Office. As ASAIC Ornato, he maintained responsibility for operations and career development of special agents and supervisors on PPD. ATSAIC Ornato was responsible for all protective operations in the New York Field Office’s district, including the U.N. General Assembly for three consecutive years.
Mr. Ornato has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, with over 23 years with the United States Secret Service and over 2 years as a City of Waterbury, CT police officer. He was commissioned as a Special Agent in 1997 and served as a criminal investigator in the New Haven Resident Office. Also, he has served on the Presidential Protective Division during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.
Mr. Ornato holds a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree from the School of Forensic Science – University of New Haven (1995 & 1999) and a Master of Administrative Leadership from The University of Oklahoma (2016). He also holds a Key Executive Leadership Certificate from American University, Washington, D.C. and a Harvard Kennedy School General & Flag Officers Homeland Security Certificate from Harvard University, Boston, MA. In 2021, he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.