Jay Grant was appointed as the Secretary General of the InterPort Police – International Association of Airport and Seaport Police in September 2010, he serves as the director and chief executive. His prior positions includes that as director of the U.S. Airport and Seaport Police and U.S. Port Security Council where his activities included national coordination and intergovernmental affairs for airport and seaport law enforcement and public safety with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and U.S. Congress in the aftermath of 9/11.
The Secretary General has been a visible leader for transportation security. His work in law enforcement and public safety issues are numerous. His work before the United States Congress is extensive, assisting in appropriating billions of dollars for public port authority programs. He travels internationally working on operational and policy issues from counterterrorism to training to intelligence. He has endeavored to find the latest in technology and promotes establising best practices to ensure the mitigation of risk and finding ways to have jurisdictions cooperate in federating programs of mutual interest. He has been featured globally in editorials and guest columns and has been quoted often in the general media, Capitol Hill and security publications.
The Secretary’s work with port authorities and governments on security and law enforcement policy, intelligence and operational issues include security grants, passage of airport, seaport and border legislation, pilot programs and operational security evaluations. He has personally visited authorities around the world, including extensive work with United Kingdom and other European Union airport and seaport police departments. Finding programs of mutual interest has been a key objective. The pursuit of international policy and cooperation for aviation, maritime and transport security has been a priority.
Earlier work includes Washington Legislative Counsel for the State of Arkansas, Office of the Governor. He was a federal lobbyist representing governments, intergovernmental and non-government organization as well as private industry before Congress, legislatures and agencies. He also served as President and CEO of a large national professional association.
Active in policy since 1976, he began his career serving Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D) Washington, in his bid for the United States Presidency after his military service in the U.S. Air force. More recently he served the Honorable Asa Hutchinson as an advisor while in Congress and became part of his inner circle of advisors at the Department of Homeland Security.