Keith Behr

"Though I am enjoying retirement, I have an innate desire to serve and protect others in the community.  The Building for God Community Foundation allows me to serve them in a different capacity."

Member Since: 2017

Currently Resides in Odenton, Maryland

Tell us about your professional background.  I am a retired Secret Service Lieutenant, where I served in the Uniformed Division from 1989 to 2016. I am enthusiastic about serving on the Board of Governors and offer my leadership strengths in logistics management, policy development, program review and management, business operations, human resources, and of course security and safety. 

During my time with the Secret Service, I managed highly sophisticated security projects for National Special Security Events including numerous Democratic and Republican National Conventions, special dignitary and VIP visits including Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth II, and four U.S. Presidents. I played a huge role in streamlining day-to-day operations, improving administrative functions and recruiting methods for the Uniformed Division, and implementing programs that improved overall employee morale.

Why did you choose to get involved with the Building for God Community Foundation? A neighbor invited me to attend the Foundation’s Champion in Life Gala in February of 2017, where I met Michael Brooks. I was so inspired by the work the organization does, and Mr. Brooks himself, that I reached out to Michael by email. We met shortly after that, discovered many common connections and interests, and a few months later, I received an invitation to serve on the Board of Governors.

In what ways are you connected to the community?  I grew up in East Rockaway, NY and graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland in 1988. I later relocated to Anne Arundel County in 1989 and began his career with the Secret Service, Uniformed Division.  My wife Claire and I are the proud parents of Kayla, Erin, and Meghan and I am an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Severna Park. I volunteer regularly at Our Daily Bread, a Catholic Charities program that serves meals to the less fortunate in the Baltimore community. Since 2013 I have also served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center and in 2017 was able to add Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to my regular Lay Eucharistic Ministry rotation.

In addition to my local community outreach work, I have also served on two foreign missions trips, since retiring in August 2016. One was a medical missions trip to Uganda with Loving One by One Ministries and another to Jamaica with St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where we volunteered on various community projects with the church’s sister parish located in Jamaica.