Sean Mildrew is the Acting Chief Financial Officer of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he oversees an annual budget exceeding $3 billion and serves as the principal advisor to the USPTO Director in supporting and improving the accounting, budgeting, planning, and organizational performance systems of the USPTO. Mr. Mildrew’s responsibilities include managing the fiscal operations of the USPTO and providing leadership in areas defined by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and other legislation designed to improve integrity in federal financial management.
Mr. Mildrew had previously been serving as the USPTO Deputy Chief Financial Officer since January 2018. Prior to joining the USPTO, he was the Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Finance in the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP). There he provided leadership in formulating and executing CBP’s $13 billion budget and facilitated the collection of $48 billion in fee revenue. In addition to Acting Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Mildrew served as CBP’s Chief Accountability Officer, where he championed the enterprise-wide strategic management and resource decision-making framework and was instrumental in the division’s creation.
A lifelong public servant, Mr. Mildrew began his career at, and held senior executive leadership positions within, the General Services Administration, including serving as Assistant Commissioner for Budget and Financial Management of its Public Buildings Service, as well as Acting GSA Budget Director. He earned the agency’s Meritorious Service Award in 2002.
Mr. Mildrew received his Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America. He holds Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees from The George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. He also completed the Senior Managers in Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.