Currently a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Project, Alan Bersin previously served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also was the U.S. attorney in San Diego for the Southern District of California and served as “border czar” during the Clinton administration. 

Bersin has also held numerous distinguished state and local government positions, including serving as California’s Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Public Education in San Diego, and Chairman of the San Diego Airport Authority. He received his A.B. from Harvard College (magna cum laude), attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.