William Flynn

William Flynn is the president of GARDA Risk Management, LLC specializing is homeland and national security policy and operations with a focus on critical infrastructure security and resilience. 
 
Mr. Flynn previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce risk to our nation’s critical infrastructure posed by acts of terrorism and increase the nation’s preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of attack, natural disaster, or other emergency. In November 2012, he was nominated by the Secretary of Homeland Security and selected to chair the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Industrial Resources and Communication Services Group responsible for coordinating and monitoring national and NATO arrangements for civil emergencies, crisis management and critical infrastructure protection.   
 
Mr. Flynn joined the federal government after 24 years with the NYC Police Department. On September 11, 2001, he responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and in the months following the attack, he was in charge of the collection and custody of recovered evidence and property, the biometric identification of recovered victims and the deployment of emergency response equipment. 
 
Mr. Flynn is also a retired Captain with over 35 years of active duty and reserve service in the United States Navy, with deployments to the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and the Philippines.  He holds a Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Among his military awards is the Legion of Merit and in 2014 he received the prestigious Senior Executive Service Presidential Meritorious Rank Award.