Chief of Facilities
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Since 2013, Melanie F. Gilbert has served as the Chief of the Facilities and Security Office at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO). She is the senior executive responsible for the Federal Judiciary’s facilities, security, and emergency preparedness programs and portfolio. In addition, Melanie is currently Chair of the Judiciary’s COVID-19 Task Force coordinating the response to the pandemic for Federal Judiciary and the AO. She provides executive oversight over the more than $1.8 billion dollar budget for Judiciary facilities and security throughout the United States in 41 million rental square feet over 880 primary courthouses, federal buildings, and leases nationally. She is also responsible for the multi-million dollar operation of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, DC. She serves as the Judiciary’s executive-level liaison with the Executive Branch’s General Services Administration, the Department of Justice’s U.S. Marshals Service, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service and regularly works with members of Congress and congressional staff on space and security issues. Melanie has worked for the AO for 29 years, and is a cum laude graduate of New York Law School, and holds a B.A. from Indiana University in Political Science and Theater.