Karen Tandy

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Karen Tandy

Karen Pomerantz Tandy is the former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Justice. She was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 2003. She was the first female head of the DEA.[1]

Prior to becoming DEA Administrator, Tandy was Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In her capacity as Associate Deputy Attorney General, she was responsible for oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Drug Intelligence Center, as well as responsible for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies.

Tandy is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and is a graduate of L. D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX, Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University School of Law. She is married with two daughters. She was born on October 24.

On October 22, 2007, she announced her retirement from the DEA, and took a position with Motorola. Tandy is senior vice president of Public Affairs and Communications. Ms. Tandy serves as Motorola's top public policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy, trade, regulation, spectrum allocation, and country relations.[2] In June 2016, she joined the Homeland Security Advisory Council.[3]

Tandy is also an advisor to Ro, an end-to-end service for chronic health conditions. Ro handles everything from online diagnosis to the convenient delivery of treatment. She advises Roman, Ro's vertical for men's health and Zero, Ro's vertical to fight addiction. She joins the advisory board with Dr. Joycelyn Elders M.D. (U.S. Surgeon General), Dr. Peter Schlegel, Dr. Matthew Fink, and Dr. Steven Lamm.


  1. ^ "Inside the DEA, Former DEA Administrators". Usdoj.gov. Archived from the original on 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  2. ^ "DEA Chief Karen Tandy Steppingt [sic] Down to Take Private-Sector Job". FOXNews.com. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  3. ^ Jeremy Snow (2016-06-02). "Former Motorola VP joins DHS advisory council". Retrieved 2016-09-13.
    "Homeland Security Advisory Council Members". Retrieved 2016-09-13.
Government offices
Preceded by
Asa Hutchinson
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Succeeded by
Michele Leonhart