Gil Kerlikowske

Gil Kerlikowske

Nonresident Fellow
Office Phone: (617) 495-9475


Gil Kerlikowske is a nonresident fellow at the Baker Institute Mexico Center specializing in border issues. He is a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as the only Senate-confirmed commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2014 to 2017.

Kerlikowske also served as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2014. In this role, he initiated the first President’s Strategy on Prescription Drugs, authored the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and co-authored the President’s Transnational Organized Crime Strategy.

He served as chief of the Seattle Police Department from 2000 to 2009. He was the deputy director of President Bill Clinton’s Community Oriented Policing Services from 1998 to 2000, and he was police commissioner in Buffalo, New York, from 1994 to 1998. Kerlikowske was twice elected president of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, which includes the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He is a U.S. Army veteran and received the Presidential Service Badge. Kerlikowske earned a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of South Florida.