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Reed Stephenson

Reed Stephenson
FLETA Board Second Vice-chair, Executive Director, Leadership Development Center
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Reed currently serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership Development Center, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In this role, he directs the full spectrum of training, education, research, and developmental activities to all levels of CBP leadership. He designs and delivers resident leadership courses to over 3,000 journeymen, new supervisors, managers, and executives annually. He coordinates the CBP Mentor Program, administers the CBP New Employee Orientation Program, and leads CBP’s Tuition Assistance Program.

From 2015-2017, Reed was the Director of the Office of Training and Development’s Instructional Design Center. As the first-ever director, he was tasked with building and leading the newly created directorate. He established agency-wide programs, policies and procedures for conduct of resident, exportable, distance learning and training to over 65,000 law enforcement and mission support personnel.

Prior to joining CBP, Reed served 25 years on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he achieved the rank of captain. His final assignment with the Coast Guard was as the commanding officer of their largest training center in Yorktown, VA. His other assignments include Director for Training and Evaluation at the White House Military Office, and Director of Training at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma. His operational assignments include Chief of the Prevention Department at Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachments Grand Haven, MI and St. Thomas, USVI, as an inspector at Marine Safety Office New Orleans, and onboard the cutters Morgenthau and Cherokee.

Reed is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation. He holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from San Diego State University.