Gavin de Becker

Chairman & Founder

Gavin de Becker is widely regarded as our Nation’s leading expert on the prediction and management of violence. He is the best-selling author of The Gift of Fear, and several other books on violence prevention. In 1980, he was selected by President Reagan to be Director of Special Services Group, responsible for the logistics and safety of public figure guests of the first family. He then served at the U.S. Department of State, working on the official visits of Prime Minister Thatcher, Korean President Chun, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and others.

His work has earned him three Presidential appointments. He was twice appointed to the President’s Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a principal advisor on the federal research project into mentally ill people who stalk public figures. He served two terms on the Governor’s Advisory Board at the California Department of Mental Health.

Mr. de Becker’s first book The Gift of Fear: Survival Signs that Protect Us from Violence was the Nation’s #1 Bestseller, on the New York Times Bestseller List for seventeen weeks. It is now published in 18 languages. Oprah Winfrey dedicated an entire show to commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the book’s publication.

His second book Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children & Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) was the #1 parenting book of 1999.

Mr. de Becker’s most recent book JUST 2 SECONDS: Using Time and Space to Defeat Assassins presents the result of a study of more than 1400 attacks and incidents involving at-risk people. The book is used by protection agencies in 37 countries.

Mr. de Becker is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Senior Advisor to the Rand Corporation on public safety and justice matters.