Edward Calderon – Managing Partner
Edward began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps as a Scout Observer / Naval Gunfire Spotter, in which he was trained to acquire targets and coordinate the deployment of air, naval, and ground artillery. During his full-time enlistment he served on a SOC(Special Operations Command)-certified ship, was attached to an infantry battalion while deployed overseas, and completed deployments to Europe, the Near East, and the Balkans, where he participated in cross-training exercises with foreign militaries and NATO forces. He completed his service in 2003. During his service, he was awarded several distinctions including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Certificate of Achievement.
For over eight years, Edward was the security services manager for a boutique corporate security firm based in Manhattan. For the majority of his time in this position, he managed guard operations, oversaw guard training, and oversaw physical security protocols for the national office of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), including the organization’s office of the president, Cecile Richards. In this role, he dealt with numerous threats against the organization’s staff, including anti-abortion protests, harassing behavior, and potential anthrax attacks targeting PPFA employees. Due to the nature of these threats, he gained vast experience coordinating with both federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Most notably, he served as the Lead Personal Security Detail for Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, at over 50 events and political rallies across the United States, all with zero incidences. He was one of two people directly responsible for the personal protection of Ms. Richards at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, directly providing security to her throughout the entire week’s itinerary. He also provided security to Ms. Richards during speaking engagements across the US as part of Barak Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign.
Edward additionally managed and participated in other event security and executive protection assignments for PPFA. He served as an embedded security consultant for several multi-city bus tours of political rallies conducted by the organization in states that experienced high levels of political opposition and protester activity, which included liaising with local law enforcement, overseeing group security, and implementing discreet security practices. In 2012, he served as a contract, on-site, security manager for the PPFA National Medical Conference & North American Forum on Family Planning in Denver, CO.
Education & Licenses
Coursework, International Trade, Logistics, & Finance, NYU – SCPS
Qualifying Principal of Watch, Guard, and Patrol Agency License, New York State
Native Fluency in Spanish