Ms. Nancy Nykamp was selected as the Assistant Administrator for TSA’s office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) in June 2020.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Nykamp served three years as Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) of I&A. She previously was the Executive Director of Mission Essential Services (EDM), overseeing I&A’s Program Management, Security Threat Assessment Operations, Risk Analysis, and Mission Architecture and Process Innovation Divisions. Before her selection as EDM, Ms. Nykamp served as Senior Liaison for DHS.
Policy in the TSA Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. In this position, she facilitated support across multiple TSA offices for the Secretary’s top initiative, Unity of Effort. This initiative focused on gaining efficiencies and effectiveness through joint strategies, requirements, plans, operations, and training across the Homeland Security Enterprise.
Earlier in her tenure at TSA and DHS, Ms. Nykamp served as the TSA Representative and Attaché in Berlin, Germany; a Senior Advisor to the TSA Deputy Administrator; a Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary; Chief Diplomat for International Affairs, DHS; and the Deputy Federal Security Director at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Prior to joining TSA, Ms. Nykamp served as a Department of Defense Senior Civilian in the Joint Special Operations Command, US Special Operations Command, and the US Forces Command. In these positions she served as the Senior Civilian advisor for joint interagency planning and operations; directed strategic plans and worldwide operations in support of the National Priority Intelligence Requirements; and led all-source intelligence analysts and classified communications specialists supporting a geographically dispersed workforce of over 750,000 employees.
Ms. Nykamp also completed a career in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, where she commanded several operational intelligence organizations and served as a Senior Intelligence Officer during multiple combat and multinational missions, including service in Iraq (Desert Shield/Storm and Iraqi Freedom), Haiti (Uphold Democracy), and Panama (Just Cause and Promote Liberty). Ms. Nykamp’s military career also included service in the Executive Office of the President under both William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.
Ms. Nykamp is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows program. She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bucknell University. Additional honors and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Presidential Service Badge, CIA Director’s Medallion, US Army Master Parachutist Badge, US Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia, and the German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge.
Ms. Nykamp resides in Virginia with her husband Ken, a commercial airline pilot, and their three children, Olivia, James, and Hugh.