Assistant Director Anthony M. Ornato,
Office of Training
Anthony M. Ornato is the Assistant Director of the Office of Training within the United States Secret Service (USSS). In this role, he is responsible for the oversight, administration, policies, and forecasting of required training and professional development for all Secret Service personnel.
Mr. Ornato has nearly three decades of operational security and law enforcement experience, ranging from senior leadership roles in the Executive Branch to serving as a police officer in Waterbury, CT. He has served in a variety of roles within the United States Secret Service since joining in 1997, including the Presidential Protective Division, Protective Operations, Criminal Investigations, and as a Special Agent.
Prior to joining the Office of Training, he served as an Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House, where he was detailed from the Secret Service. During his tenure, he was responsible for all aspects of security, travel, information technology, military operations, scheduling and operational logistics required in support of the President. Additionally, he managed an unclassified budget of approximately $800 million and led more than 5,000 personnel who provided management and administration services, personnel and human resources, financial oversight, medical support, and the Residence staff who support both the president and the Executive Office of the President complex. In addition, Mr. Ornato oversaw several offices within the White House, to include the Presidential Airlift Group (Air Force One); the Presidential Marine Helicopter Squadron (Marine One); Camp David; the White House Communications Agency; and Presidential Continuity Policy, Plans and Requirements.
Before joining the White House in 2019, he served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations, where he was responsible for all policies, strategy, training, and investigative implementation at the National Computer Forensics Institute. Previously, he served in the Presidential Protective Division (PPD) during the George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump administrations. In his role as Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Ornato directed all PPD operational strategies, protocols, planning and methodology for all aspects of protective requirements for the President and First Family. Prior to assuming the office, Mr. Ornato served as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge of PPD, supervising the White House Security Branch which included physical protection of all events on the White House Complex. Throughout his career in the Secret Service, Mr. Ornato has also held several leadership roles, including the New York Field Office, where he was responsible for all aspects protective operations, including the U.N. General Assembly for three consecutive years.
He earned a B.S. in criminal justice and an M.S. in forensic science, both from the University of New Haven, as well as a Master of Liberal Studies in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Mr. Ornato holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from American University and completed professional development from the Harvard Kennedy School relating to General & Flag Officers Homeland Security Crisis Leadership. In 2021, he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.