Karen P. Tandy

Karen P. Tandy
Karen P. Tandy

Karen P. Tandy has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors with executive board experience serving on for-profit and nonprofit boards. She heads a boutique government affairs consulting firm in the Washington, DC area.

Ms. Tandy was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first female to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she managed a $2.4 billion budget and approximately 11,000 employees in 86 global offices from 2003-2007. During her tenure, DEA dismantled 80 % more significant drug trafficking organizations, contributing to a 23% reduction in teen drug use, and the lowest level of workplace drug use in almost twenty years.

Prior to DEA, Ms. Tandy led the nationwide Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, comprised of thousands of federal and state law enforcement agents and prosecutors across the USA. After 12 years as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Tandy was named U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton and Bush Administrations with responsibility for developing national policy and strategies involving drug enforcement, and counter money laundering.

In the private sector, Ms. Tandy was the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions, where she was Motorola’s top public policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy.

Ms. Tandy is Chairwoman of the Board of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and serves on a variety of law enforcement related councils, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (DHS HSAC) under the Obama and Trump Administrations. In October 2018, Ms. Tandy was named Chair of the DHS HSAC “CBP Families and Children in Custody Panel.” Ms. Tandy also is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Ms. Tandy is a lawyer admitted to the State Bars of Texas and Virginia and is the founder and principal of KPT Consulting, LLC. She resides in Northern Virginia.