Brigadier General Tony Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) is a seasoned combat veteran, former North Carolina Secretary of Transportation, and former Superintendent of Wake County, NC, the 16th largest school system in the nation. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government, Tony led combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and in the 10th Mountain Division where he served as the Deputy Commanding General in Afghanistan in 2006-2007. During Tony’s military career he led soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in combat and operations around the globe.
As the NC Secretary of Transportation, Tony led the 12,000 employee department to improve the construction rate and quality of key highway, port, rail, bicycle and pedestrian, turnpike, and transit projects. He also instituted significant reforms to improve customer service at over 200 DMV facilities.
As Superintendent of Wake County Public School System, he led the state’s largest district of 170 schools, 150,000 students, and 18,000 employees to record academic heights by focusing on resourcing teachers and principals.
A proven leadership expert, Tony is also a frequent foreign policy commentator on Fox News, CNN, One America News Network, and other national programs. Tony is also the author of six bestselling fiction novels, Three Minutes to Midnight, Foreign and Domestic, Mortal Threat, Hidden Threat, Rogue Threat, and Sudden Threat.