Leonard Marcus
Founding Co-director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
Lecturer on Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Marcus is founding Co-Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a lenny_teaching_3collaborative effort of the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. He is also founding Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at HSPH and serves on the faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. More

Barry Dorn
Associate Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Harvard School of Public Health

Barry Dorn, M.D. is Associate Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict barry_teachingResolution at the Harvard School of Public Health. Additionally, he is on the faculty of Health Science at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He is also Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Tufts University School of Medicine and held the position of Interim President and CEO of Winchester Hospital. More

Juliette Kayyem
Lecturer in Public Policy
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government


Juliette N. Kayyem is presently the national security and foreign policy columnist for the Boston Globe and serves on the faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.    She most recently served for President Obama as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining the Obama Administration, she served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor, overseeing the National Guard, the commonwealth’s strategic security planning, and the distribution of homeland security funds consistent with the Governor’s priorities. Prior to that, she was a lecturer at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, serving also as co-chair of the Dubai and as Executive Director of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  A lawyer by training, she began her legal career in 1995 at the Department of Justice, ultimately serving as an advisor to then Attorney General Janet Reno until 1999.

Photo: Jim Greenhill via Wikipedia

Max Bazerman
Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School


In addition to being the Straus Professor at the Harvard Business School, Max is formally affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Psychology Department, and the Program on Negotiation. His research focuses on decision making in negotiation, and improving decision making in organizations, nations, and society. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of sixteen books and over 200 research articles and chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Management and Governance, Mind and Society, Negotiations and Conflict Management Research, and The Journal of Behavioral Finance. Also, he is a member of the international advisory board of the Negotiation Journal. More

Robert Blendon
Professor of Health and Political Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health


Dr. Blendon directs the Harvard Program on Public Opinion and social Policy. The Program’s focus is on the rolse public opinion and leaderships opinions play in the formation of our nation’s domestic agenda. Researchers in the program concentrate on analyzing existing survey data and conducting original opinion surveys. Students in the program help researchers monitor and synthesize survey data to identify key trends in public opinion and their relationship to the nation’s changing health and social policy agenda. More than 75 private and goverment organizations in the United States and around the world conduct the surveys. More

David Gergen
Founding Co-director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kennedy Schoolgergennpli

David R. Gergen is a Professor of Public Service and Director of the Center for Public Leadership. Over the past three decades, he has served as a White House advisor to four presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. In the mid-1980s, he began a career in journalism, becoming editor of U.S. News & World Report. He joined the Kennedy School faculty in January 1999, while remaining editor at large for U.S. News and a frequent television analyst. In the fall of 2000 he published a best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. He also chairs the National Selection Committee for the Innovations in American Government program. More

Joseph M. Henderson
National Preparedness Leadership Initiative


In addition to his work with the NPLI, Mr. Henderson, M.P.A., serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to this assignment he served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and prior to that as the Senior Advisor to the Director of CDC responsible for leading the Organizational Improvement effort. Mr. Henderson was also appointed the first Senior Program Officer for Leadership Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle Washington.

Eric Goralnick
Senior AssociateE Goralnick photo sm, NPLI

Eric Goralnick attended the United States Naval Academy and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. After shadowing Navy Physicians and Corpsmen overseas, he then began his medical career by attending the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and completing his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, serving as Chief Resident during his final year. Eric is currently the Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness and Associate Clinical Director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is married to Alexandra Roberts and they live in Boston, Mass.

ejm_80th_smEric J. McNulty
Director, Research and Professional Programs, NPLI

Eric McNulty serves as Senior Editorial Associate of the NPLI at the Harvard School of Public Health and is responsible for research and writing relating to leaders and leadership in the high stakes, high pressure situations typically faced by those charged with preparedness and response. He leads case discussions based on these events. He is a former editor at large and director of conferences at Harvard Business Publishing. He has written for Harvard Business Review and other leading publications.

2013-2014 Program Faculty and Guest Lecturers

Col. Timothy Alben
Superintendent, Massachusetts State PoliceAlben cropped

Col. Alben heads the Massachusetts State Police and is a 30-year veteran of the force. In recent years, his responsibilities have included overseeing such events as the Fourth of July celebration on Boston’s Esplanade, the Boston Marathon, and the 2004 Democratic national convention. He was deeply involved in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.


Adm. (Ret) Thad Allen
United States Coast Guardsm_thad_at_npli

Admiral Thad W. Allen assumed the duties of the 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25th, 2006.  During his tenure as the top officer of the nation’s oldest continuous sea service he led the effort to reform and modernize all aspects of the Coast Guard, thereby “improving and sustaining Mission Execution.”  As Admiral Allen continually stated his ultimate aim was to make the Coast Guard a “change-centric” organization capable of quickly and efficiently adapting to meet the growing and ever-changing demands of the future.  Additionally he was the first high ranking member of the Federal government to embrace social media, pioneering the effort to connect to his audience through all manners of digital technology. More.

Richard Besser, M.D.
Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News

Dr. Richard Besser, M.D., is ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor. In this role, he provides besser-screenshot-300x178medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” In 2011 he led ABC’s global health coverage, “Be the Change: Save a Life,” reporting on health issues from seven different countries.

Dr. Besser came to ABC News in 2009 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as Acting Director for the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. He also served as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In that role, he was responsible for all of the CDC’s public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. More.

Dana Born
Lecturer, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentDana Born

Dana H. Born, Lecturer in Public Policy, is a retired brigadier general with 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the President appointed dean of the faculty for the U.S. Air Force Academy where she was also a professor and head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. More.

William Evans
Acting Commissioner, Boston Police Department

Commissioner Evans is a 31-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has held a leadership role within the Department for the past several years. Superintendent Evans has had notable roles in both the successful, peaceful handling of the 70 day occupation of Dewey Square by Occupy Boston and the capture of suspected Boston Marathon bombing terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Andrew Heyward
Founder, Heyward Advisory Heyward

Andrew Heyward is a nationally known news executive, award-winning producer, and expert on the changing media landscape. He helps media companies develop innovative online ventures and profitable digital strategies; create new content and services; and transform their businesses to drive growth and revenue in an age of rapid and dynamic evolution. Heyward was President, CBS News, from January 1996-November 2005. Before his tenure as President, Heyward was executive producer, THE CBS EVENING NEWS (October 1994-January 1996). Heyward was also responsible for developing and launching 48 HOURS, the weekly primetime CBS News series that premiered in January 1988. He has won 12 national Emmy Awards. More.

Desiree Matel-Anderson
Former Chief Innovation Advisor, Federal Emergency Management AgencyDesireeMatelAnderson150x200

Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson is the former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery. More.

Suzet McKinney
Deputy Commissioner, Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response, Chicago Professional Picture_Suzet_McKinney_01_095_WebDepartment of Public Health

An expert in local response in emergency preparedness, McKinney currently serves as a Deputy Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Public Heath where she oversees the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response and Women and Children’s Health. She is formerly a Senior Advisor with the Tauri Group where she consulted the United States Department of Homeland Security on chemical and biological early detection systems. Dr. McKinney grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended Howard University, Brandeis University, Benedictine University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. More.

Peter Neffenger
Vice Admiral, United States Coast GuardNeffenger Official Biography Picture

Admiral Neffenger is the Deputy Commandant for Operations for the U.S. Coast Guard. Previous flag assignments included Director of Strategic Management and Doctrine, Deputy National Incident Commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, and Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard region which included the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway region. More.

John Quelch
Professor, Harvard Business SchoolQuelch

John A. Quelch is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School . He also holds a joint appointment at Harvard School of Public Health as Professor in Health Policy and Management.  In addition, he is also a fellow of the Harvard China Fund, a Member of the Harvard China Advisory Board and Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. More.

Richard Serino
Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agencyserino_032913

Richard Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Deputy Administrator in October 2009. In this role, he works directly with Administrator Craig Fugate to promote the “whole community” approach to emergency management, which seeks to build, sustain, and improve the Department’s capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. More.

Jessica Stern
Lecturer, Harvard University050117_Jessica-Stern

Jessica Stern is an American policy consultant on terrorism. Stern is a lecturer at Harvard University and a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. In 2001, she was featured in TimeMagazine’s series on Innovators. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and violence. More.

Mark Sullivan
Director (Ret). United States Secret Service Mark_J._Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan was named Deputy Director in January 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Protective Operations where he oversaw all protective activities for the agency, encompassing 12 divisions and 2,300 employees. In his distinguished career, Sullivan served in many roles at the Secret Service including Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division. Since his retirement, he has co-founded the security firm GSIS. More.