Sean Smith is a Biological Threat Exclusion Coordinator (BTEC) for CBP in the Office of Field Operations/ Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison/ Agro/Bio-Terrorism Countermeasures. As a BTEC, Mr. Smith is charged with supporting and developing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operational capacity and capability in preventing tools of agro/bio-terrorism from entering the U.S.
Mr. Smith joined CBP in 2005 as an Agriculture Specialist (CBPAS) and was promoted to Supervisory CBPAS in 2008. He has served CBP in the following ports of entry: San Diego, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa and Boston Logan Airport. From 2011- 2018, Mr. Smith served as the primary Public Affairs Liaison and Border Community Liaison, respectively, for CBP in New England. He has also volunteered to assist in past domestic and international CBP disaster recovery operations, including: Hurricane Ike (2008), ‘Operation Safe Return’ (Haitian Relief Effort- 2010), and Hurricane Harvey, DHS Surge Capacity Force (2017).
Prior to CBP, Mr. Smith contributed to wildlife conservation for nearly a decade, completing field work on rare endemic Hawaiian birds on the Big Island of Hawaii, and raising rare and endangered birds (in some cases, extinct in the wild) at the San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center. Also, Mr. Smith is a former reserve firefighter and EMT for the City of Borrego Springs in California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California.
Mr. Smith, his wife, two children, one dog, and one chicken live in an old farmhouse in Massachusetts.