Mr. Jonathan Mardo serves as the CBP Attaché in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In this capacity, Attaché Mardo is responsible for overall CBP policy and operational engagement with each of the host countries in the Caribbean (with the exception of the U.S. territories, Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago). Attaché Mardo routinely works with the Ambassador and In-country teams to strengthen US-Caribbean partnerships by identifying opportunities for host-country capacity building, information sharing, and other programs that advance CBP’s mission of comprehensive border security while promoting lawful trade and travel.
Attaché Mardo previously served as the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) International Operations Directorate Chief of Staff; responsible for the integration and information flow across the five regional divisions and one functional division of the office.
Attaché Mardo has over 24 years of law enforcement experience and has served in various field and headquarters assignments. He has extensive experience in planning and managing agency level responses to and in support of National Security Special Events, joint operations, and other nationally significant events. Mr. Mardo has overseen agency level responses to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods, and has been the primary lead in these responses at both CBP and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, Mr. Mardo has been the responsible official in charge of other agency level programs such as Continuity of Operations planning; Chemical, Biological, Radiation, and Nuclear response; National Special Security Event planning; and other asymmetrical threat response planning and operations.
Throughout his career, Mr. Mardo has taken an active interest in the local community both on and off duty. Mr. Mardo consistently participates in and supports various work related community outreach programs. In addition, Mr. Mardo volunteers his off-duty time through coaching youth sports as well as participating in various community and county run youth programs, service projects, and genealogy work.
Mr. Mardo holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from The University of Chicago where he graduated with enough credits to major in Latin American Studies as well. In addition, Mr. Mardo has completed the Department of State’s National Security Executive Level Seminar.
Mr. Mardo grew up in New Mexico and married his high school sweetheart. Together they have 7 children, the oldest of whom is a CBP Officer, and 1 grandson.