NPLI Welcomes Cohort VIII


The latest cohort of NPLI executive education participants journeyed to Cambridge in early December for the first week of their program. Fifty-six particpants came from as far away as Alaska (and as close as Boston). They included a wide range of agencies including DHS, FEMA, ASPR, NorthCom, the CDC, TSA, the U.S. Coast Guard and many others. Representatives from state and local agencies came from California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Vermont, and more. There were also several participants from the private and non-profit sectors.

This session marked the debut of faculty members Juliette Kayyem of the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) and Jennifer Lerner of KSG and Harvard’s Laboratory for Decision Science . They joined veteran faculty Leonard Marcus, David Gergen, Barry Dorn, Isaac Ashkenazi, Dutch Leonard, Mark Roberts, and Robert Blendon. Presenters included Richard Besser of ABC News (Cohort II), Rich Serino of FEMA (Cohort I), RADM Peter Neffenger of the U.S. Coast Guard (Cohort IV), and Scott Vance of the Washington Post.

A number of sessions drew on lessons from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Juliette Kayyem shared her experiences serving as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security during the event. The NPLI’s Eric McNulty and RADM Neffenger co-taught a case study on the political-professional responder interface drawn from the response to the spill.

Richard Serino, deputy administrator of FEMA, received the third annual “Meta-Leader of the Year” award for his work in helping Administrator Craig Fugate to transform the agency as well as his work on the ground in the aftermath of the tornado that struck Joplin, MO.

The participants will return in June to complete the program.

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