Al Thompson comes to Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. with over ten years of national security and transportation experience in the government and private sector. With strong ties in the House and the Senate, Al is a recognized expert on homeland security issues and has been involved in nearly every major piece of homeland security legislation over the last several years. His expertise has made him a favorite guest of Fox News. A strategic thinker by training, who is also a political junkie and policy wonk at heart, Al possesses a unique skill set that serves the firm's clients well.
Al joined the firm in November 2008 after serving as Vice President of Global Supply Chain Policy at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). At RILA, Al represented the nation's largest retail companies including Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe's Home Depot, Best Buy, Gap & Costco. He led the association's policy and advocacy efforts on supply chain, environmental sustainability and security. He has testified before Congress and worked with state and local governments on a variety of policy issues including product safety, organized retail crime and "green" transportation. He played a leading role in the development of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, a national coalition of retailers, trucking and shipping companies committed to implementing sustainable measures to reduce port pollution.
Before joining RILA, Al worked on the House Committee on Homeland Security as a senior professional staff member and subcommittee coordianator. Al was one of the original Democratic staffers on the Committee working for both former Rep. Jim Turner (D-TX) and Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS). While on the Committee, Al was the lead staffer on the subcommittees responsible for transportation security, infrastructure protection, and nuclea and biological terrorism. He played a significant role in the passage of the SAFE Port Act and Department of Homeland Security Authorization bills.
Al served five years in the U.S. Coast Guard. His career included leading law enforcement missions at sea and providing intellegence reports for senior policymakers. After the September 11th attacks, he served at the Coast Guard's Incident Command Center where he wrote prepared terrorism threat briefings in support of the largest port security operation since World War II. He is a recipient of numerous military and civilian awards. Al lives in Adamstown, MD, with his wife Becca and their three children.