Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
Brad Brekke is a visionary in the corporate security world with over 30 years of diverse experience. His work centers on providing strategic counsel to Fortune 500 companies on organizational transformation, defining business value, and leveraging enterprise technology.
Mr. Brekke’s experience includes a 20-year career with Target Corporation, serving 13 years as Vice President of Target Assets Protection and Corporate Security. At Target he transformed Target Corporation’s security model and aligned its business strategy to better mitigate enterprise security risk, protect the brand and provide a safe environment for Target across the globe.
Mr. Brekke created innovative frameworks with law enforcement and public safety that include: Target & Blue, Safe City, Twin Cities Security Partnership (TCSP), IACP Law Enforcement Business Fellowship, and was a founding member of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
Many of these efforts at Target Corporation have been highlighted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Forbes, and on CNN and CNBC.
Mr. Brekke recently held the interim role of Chief Security Officer at the Mayo Clinic where he designed an enterprise security transformation focused on innovative technology integration and implementing security standards and processes to address multidisciplinary vulnerabilities.
From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Brekke was appointed to the FBI’s Director’s Office to establish the first Office of Private Sector which functions as the FBI’s primary liaison with the American business community. At the FBI he developed an enterprise strategy and organizational structure to institutionalize and scale the program.
As an adjunct professor, Mr. Brekke also instructed a graduate course on Public-Private Partnerships in the school of Public Administration at American University.
Other previous positions include practicing business law in Minnesota and investigating financial fraud and public corruption as an FBI special agent.
Mr. Brekke has also served on a number of non-profit boards and foundations which include the State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC); the International Security Management Association (ISMA); the International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation; the FBI Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC); the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF); the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA); the Domestic Security Partnership (DSP); and the Twin Cities Security Partnership (TCSP).
Mr. Brekke received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, his M.A.T.S. from Bethel Seminary and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.