Admiral Thad Allen, MPA ‘86, 23rd Commandant of the US Coast Guard

  • Andrea Leung
  • Kaitlin Welborn
Keywords: Thad Allen, Coast Guard, public administration, Hurricane Katrina, Deepwater Horizon


Admiral Thad Allen, the 23rd Commandant of the US Coast Guard, graduated from The George Washington University with his Master of Public Administration in 1986. Since that point, he has been in charge of the federal responses for Hurricane Katrina as well as for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Admiral Allen sat down with the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor of Policy Perspectives to talk about lessons learned from his career, “dogs who hunt,” and the possibility of an Admiral Allen Twitter account.

Author Biographies

Andrea Leung

Andrea Leung is a second year Master of Public Administration student at The George Washington University concentrating in budget and public finance. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in politics, Andrea assisted various political campaigns and worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She currently works for the White House Office of Management and Budget. She enjoys baking and running.

Kaitlin Welborn

Kaitlin Welborn is a second year Master of Public Administration student at The George Washington University, concentrating in program evaluation. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a major in French and a minor in history. Kaitlin currently works on education policy at SRI International. She enjoys knitting, baking and eating cupcakes, and taking care of the best cat in the whole world, Napoleon.