Allison Travis

Senior Advisor

Areas of Focus:

Infrastructure protection including chemical facility security and port security

Homeland security and risk management 

Strategic planning and government affairs

Corporate strategy with a focus on positioning, alliance, and channel development 

As a senior advisor to The Chertoff Group, Allison Boyd Travis brings a deep range of U.S. government experience across both executive and legislative branches as well as within the private sector.   Most recently, Ms. Travis was a senior policy analyst for The Tauri Group, LLC, where she was responsible for strategic planning and business development within the firm’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) portfolio.  An attorney, she also served as Tauri’s Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) compliance officer.

Prior to joining The Tauri Group, Ms. Travis served as counselor to Secretary Michael Chertoff at DHS, where she provided strategic advice and policy analysis to the Secretary on a range of threats and issues, including terrorism, domestic nuclear detection, infrastructure protection, chemical facility security, science and technology, the United States Coast Guard, and port security.  Ms. Travis also directed various strategic planning processes, communications strategies, and legislative outreach efforts for key policy initiatives of the Department, including bioterrorism preparedness, chemical security, general aviation, and small vessel security. 

Ms. Travis also served, in an interim role, as counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security in President Obama’s administration, continuing her responsibilities while supporting the incoming transition of DHS Secretary Napolitano.

Prior to joining DHS, Ms. Travis served as a majority counsel on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where she was responsible for drafting and negotiating legislation, organizing oversight hearings, and providing policy advice to then Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) on a wide range of homeland security issues.  She was one of the primary architects of the “The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2005” (S. 2145), which became Public Law in 2006.

Ms. Travis also served as Special Advisor to the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, where she coordinated the domestic policy review process and authored decision memoranda for the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

Ms. Travis is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary School of Law.  She is a member of the Virginia bar.