Federal Protective Service
Gabriel Russell was appointed as the regional director for the Federal Protective Service’s Northwest Arctic Region 10 in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Region 10, covering the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Prior to holding his current position, Mr. Russell served as Region 10’s deputy regional director for two years, managing the region’s law enforcement and mission support personnel as well as day-to-day security and law enforcement operations at federal facilities .
Russell joined the Federal Protective Service in 2001. He has served as an area commander, a lead inspector and an inspector in the Western Command, where he conducted and supervised law enforcement operations, initial investigations, physical security analysis, countermeasure implementation, infrastructure risk assessment, tactical operations and oversight of contract security programs throughout western Washington and southeast Alaska.
Russell began his government service career 1989 with the U.S. Army as a Korean linguist human intelligence collector. In 1996, he left active duty and served in the Washington Army National Guard, until his retirement as the command sergeant major for the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion in 2017. Russell has extensive military experience, including operations in Haiti, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea and Japan. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Russell is a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the American Society of Industrial Security and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has served as a member of the Washington State Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee and has instructed and developed curriculum for the Physical Security Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He served as chair for the Pacific Northwest Interagency Task Force for 2017-18 and as the vice chair of the Seattle Federal Executive Board for 2019.
Russell possesses a Master of Science degree in organization development from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Certificate program. Russell is a native of Newcastle, Washington, and is an avid fly fisherman.
Increased domestic tensions, targeted violence and disinformation have made public buildings more frequent targets of violent civil unrest. Understanding the current threat environment with its evolving tactics is critical for risk management and preparedness efforts. Lessons learned and best practices from real-world incidents by those who have firsthand experience are invaluable.
In this session, Daryle Hernandez, chief of the Interagency Security Committee, will moderate a panel of senior security professionals and practitioners who will share perspectives on the contemporary threat and how to prepare for and respond to it based on their recent experience confronting these incidents. Their knowledge and lessons learned may be applied to federal buildings, state, municipal and private-sector buildings accessible to the public.