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Julia Pierson: The First Female Head of the Secret Service

Posted March 28, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

Big news hit Washington this week when the glass ceiling of the United States Secret Service cracked. President Obama appointed Julia Pierson the first female head of the Secret Service. She was sworn in on Tuesday.

Why should you care?

  • The Secret Service doesn’t just protect the President. In fact, they have over 150 offices nationwide and deal with everything from identity theft to terrorism.
  • Not only is Pierson a woman, but she’ll also be reporting to a woman, Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security. Pretty cool girl power team, right?
  • The Secret Service has been veiled in controversy the last couple of years for choices surrounding officers and prostitutes. Julia is well respected and will be charged with “cleaning up” much of the media mess that was made last year.

What should you know about Julia Pierson?

  • She rose through the ranks! President Obama appointed not just a woman, but a senior Secret Service member. She spent over 30 years with the agency.
  • She’s originally from Florida and started her career as a law enforcement officer in Orlando.
  • She served on the personal protective detail for Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Bush.

No matter your political affiliation, I know we can all wish this non-partisan female appointee the best in her new position!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."