John A. Flaherty is a Principal and Senior Advisor at Washington Media Group. He was previously a Principal at the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, located in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Flaherty was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Transportation where he provided policy, program, operational and staff management for all operations at the Department. He is one of the primary architects of the Transportation Security Agency, chaired the Department’s National Infrastructure Security Committee, and served on the National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Security Group which reports to the President. Mr. Flaherty was Chief of Staff to two Members of Congress, Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Norman Y. Mineta. He received a B.A. from Marquette University and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.