OSPR Administrator Tom Cullen
Thomas M. Cullen Jr. was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Administrator of the California Office
of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) in June 2012. He also serves as one of two Chief Deputy Directors of
the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mr. Cullen directs a team of scientists, environmental specialists,
game wardens, and support personnel in protecting and preserving the 1,100 mile coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers
and streams, and 4,800 lakes of State waters from oil and other deleterious substances as well as invasive,
non-indigenous marine species.
Mr. Cullen served in the United States Coast Guard for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Captain.
From 2008 to 2010 he served as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco where he performed a
wide-range of federal authorities in the San Francisco Bay region including Captain of the Port, Federal
Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Officer-in-Charge of Maritime Inspections,
and Search & Rescue Mission Coordinator in our nation's busiest and most diverse coastal region. Captain
Cullen's previous Coast Guard assignments include Chief of Response of the Eleventh Coast Guard District
and Chief of Aircraft Systems in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Captain Cullen received his commission and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Coast
Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from the Krannert Graduate School of
Management at Purdue University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a
licensed Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). Mr. Cullen and his wife, Mary, are residents of Novato and are
the proud parents of five children.