Progreso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection has selected Nancy Becker as the new port director for the Progreso, Texas Port of Entry. Port Director Becker assumed her on March 14, 2010.
Prior to this assignment, Port Director Becker served as the assistant port director over trade operations at the Brownsville, Texas Port of Entry, where she was responsible for airport, seaport, commercial and import/export operations.
In 2002, while employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, PD Becker was selected as the port director over maritime operations in Houston. In total, PD Becker served 22 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, holding positions ranging from quarantine officer, plant inspection station officer and supervisor over airport and maritime operations. PD Becker also served as an equal employment opportunity counselor/mediator at the department level for USDA and was responsible for a seven state area covering the southeastern United States.
In 2003, PD Becker transferred to the newly created Office of Customs and Border Protection. There she served as a chief agriculture specialist responsible for the agriculture programs covering the gulf coast ports of entry from Port Arthur to Corpus Christi, Texas, including the Houston and Galveston areas.
A native of Corpus Christi, PD Becker graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology. As a co-op student, PD Becker studied for six months and worked another six in Galveston with the Department of Commerce, National Marine Fisheries Service, until she graduated from Texas A&I University. After graduating from A&I, PD Becker went to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a plant protection officer in Houston.On appointment to her new position, PD Becker explained that she is proud to serve in CBP, protecting the homeland while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.
Leticia Moran, CBP Director Field Operations, Laredo, Texas, said, "Nancy has distinguished herself as a career public servant and has a long and proud history of serving our county."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.