Erroll G. Southers is a former Presidential nominee for Assistant Secretary of the TSA, Governor Schwarzenegger's Deputy Director in the California Office of Homeland Security and FBI Special Agent.
He is the Associate Director of the National Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California (USC) where he developed the Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy.
Southers is also the Managing Director of the Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection Division of the international security consulting firm TAL Global.
He is the former Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department, the nation's largest. Southers began his law enforcement career with the Santa Monica Police Department, was appointed to the faculty and tactical staff of the Rio Hondo Police Academy. In the FBI he investigated foreign counterintelligence and terrorism matters and served as a member of SWAT. He has testified as a subject matter expert before the full Congressional Committee on Homeland Security and lectures at the Joint Chiefs of Staff Antiterrorism Seminars.
Southers earned his BA degree at Brown University and MPA at USC, where he is recognized as a counter-terrorism expert. He is a Senior Fellow of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Hong Kong and China, where he was invited to assess the security for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.