Mary Leftridge Byrd

We are honored to have Mary Leftridge Byrd as one of our speakers for the 2021 Redefining the Future Women Working in Corrections & Juvenile Justice conference!

Mary is the Regional Security Directory, Surface Operations Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. She has the responsibility to ensure Surface operations and infrastructure security in support of cybersecurity, freight and passenger railways, pipelines, maritime, motor carrier, and transit systems across 13 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including 15 High Threat Urban Areas (HTUA).

Prior to this position, she served as the Federal Security Director (FSD) for all federalized airports across the state of Georgia, including seven sites, personnel, operations and administration. She was also selected by the Office of Security Operations as Director in Region 5, where she was responsible for 81 airports and 11 FSD’s in seven states.

Additionally, Mary served as senior field executive in position of FSD assigned to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA, the world’s busiest airport. In that position, she led opening two additional passenger security screening checkpoints and an inline baggage screening system in the $1.5 billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Terminal. She also directed the statewide TSA organization leading staff who operated 55 screening lanes, four inline baggage systems screening over 65,000 passengers and 35,000 pieces of checked baggage daily.

Before transitioning her career into federal and state transportation security, she started her career in criminal justice and law enforcement. She served as Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary with the State of Washington, Department of Corrections and as Superintendent and Deputy Secretary for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Corrections.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University. She completed Master’s studies in Public Policy with the University of Maryland. She is the recipient of the inaugural, Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award, presented by the Government Executive Group. She was honored by the Atlanta Tribune as one of the metropolitan area Superwomen award. She was recognized as Criminal Justice Professional of the Year by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

She has received accolades such as the inaugural, Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award, by the Government Executive Group; Criminal Justice Professional of the Year, by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; President’s Award, by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (WIFLE), Best in Business, by the American Correctional Association; Woman of Achievement award by the Delaware County (PA) Commission for Women; and the TSA People First Award, by the Department of Homeland Security.

Mary enjoys writing and speaking, focusing on diversity, inclusion and affirming action, leadership development, and creating effective teams in large organizations. She most often speaks to the role, responsibility and impact of leaders in shaping organizational culture. She is inspired by the prose found in Circle of Stone and daily is guided to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly.