Leonard Marcus, PhD
Founding Co-director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
Lecturer on Public Health Practice, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Marcus is founding Co-Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a lenny_teaching_3collaborative effort of the Harvard T.H. Chan 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, MD, FACS, MHCM
Associate Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Harvard T.H. Chan 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 T.H. Chan 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

Max Bazerman, MSOB, PhD
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, ScD
Professor of Health and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan 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 government organizations in the United States and around the world conduct the surveys. More

David Gergen, LLB
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

Eric Goralnick, MD, MS
Assistant ProfessorE Goralnick photo sm, Harvard Medical School

Eric Goralnick, MD, MS serves as Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Healthcare (BWHC), and is responsible for system wide efforts to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a level 1 trauma and burn center in Boston, Massachusetts. He also provides medical direction for all New England Patriots’ football games and concerts at Gillette Stadium. Goralnick is also an instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to his medical career, he served in the United States Navy and completed several overseas assignments as a Surface Warfare Officer. He is a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Joseph M. Henderson, MPA
National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Mr. Henderson is currently the Director of the Office of Safety, Security, and Asset Management at Henderson_2015the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In his current position he is responsible for overseeing a staff of 424 professionals who develop and implement programs that manage CDC’s safety, security, buildings, and facilities, and capital equipment. This effort is supported by a budget of $234 million and assures CDC employees and contractors operate in a safe and secure environment at sixteen locations in the United States and Puerto Rico and in over sixty countries globally. 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. Mr. Henderson was appointed the Acting Chief of Staff for the CDC by Dr. Richard Besser in January 2009, assisting with the transition of CDC in the early days of the new Presidential Administration. Henderson is also an Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. More

Juliette Kayyem, JD
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

Suzet McKinneyProfessional Picture_Suzet_McKinney_01_095_Web, DrPH, MPH
Executive Director
Illinois Medical District Commission

An expert in local response in emergency preparedness, McKinney currently serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District Commission. Previously, she served as a Deputy Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Public Heath where she oversaw 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. McKinney is also an Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. More.

Eric J. McNulty, MA
Director, Research and Professional Programs, NPLI
Instructor, Harvard T.H. School of Public Health

Eric McNulty serves as Director of Research and Professional Programs of the NPLI at the Harvard EJM head shot smallT.H. Chan 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.

Richard Serino
Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Richard Serino (Cohort I) is the former Deputy Administrator of FEMA and Chief of Bostoserino_032913n EMS. Serino brings more than 40 years of experience in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery as well as mass casualty incidents and leadership and innovation in government. He has received more than thirty-five local, national, and international awards for public service and innovation, including the NPLI’s Meta-Leader of the Year Award for his work in the response to Super Storm Sandy.

2015-2016 Program Faculty and Guest Lecturers (tentative)

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, PhD
Lecturer, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Dana Born lecturingDana 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. Dana also served as Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, aide to the Secretary of the Air Force and Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. She commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., was an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, and served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom More.

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.

Ron Klain
President, Case Holdings
General Counsel, Revolution, LLC

Klain head shotRon Klain is President of Case Holdings, and General Counsel of Revolution LLC. Prior to joining Steve Case’s team in launching Revolution in 2005, Mr. Klain was a partner and National Practice Group Chair at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. In addition to his career in law and business, Mr. Klain has extensive public service, most recently as a senior White House aide to President Obama, and Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden. Earlier, he served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Vice President Al Gore, Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Klain was also Associate Counsel to President Clinton, and a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He has served as a top debate preparation advisor to Presidents Obama and Clinton, and Democratic Presidential nominees Al Gore and John Kerry.

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Peter Neffenger
Administrator, Transportation Security Agency

neffenger-peter-250_0Peter Neffenger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration’s sixth administrator in June 2015. He leads a workforce of nearly 60,000 employees, security operations at approximately 440 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. Prior to his current position, Neffenger had a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard culminating with his serving as its 29th Vice Commandant.

Matthew G. Olsen
Director (ret.) National Counterterrorism Center

Olsen began his career as a law clerk for District Court Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, before Matthew_G._Oslen,_director_of_the_NCTCentering private practice and working as a trial attorney for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in 1992. He moved to the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia where he was a federal prosecutor and served as the first director of the Office’s National Security Division from 2004 to 2005. In 2006 Olsen was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, where he served until 2009, when he became the acting director of the Division. Olsen later briefly served as Associate Deputy Attorney General and as the General Counsel of the National Security Agency. On July 1, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Olsen to become the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Olsen was confirmed by the Senate on August 16, 2011. He left that post in July 2014. Olsen is the graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School. More.

Farah Pandith
Harvard University Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Farah_Pandith_2-18-15_largeFarah Pandith began her career in the administration of President George W. Bush as Chief of Staff of the Bureau for Asia and the Near East for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She was appointed the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her office was responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world  based on a people-to-people and organizational level.  In that role, Pandith traveled to more than 80 countries and launched youth-focused initiatives inc

luding Generation Change, Viral Peace, the Transatlantic Leadership Network, and Hours Against Hate (a campaign that was a partner with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.)  She was also a key architect of the Women in Public Service Project.  In January 2013 she was awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award for “exceptionally outstanding service to the agencies of the US Government resulting in achievements of marked national or international significance.” More.

Neil Swidey
Reporter, The Boston Globe

SwideyAuthorPicRevSwidey is a Globe Magazine staff writer who writes in-depth stories on a variety of subjects. His work has been featured in “The Best American Science Writing,” “The Best American Crime Writing,” and “The Best American Political Writing.” He is author of “Trapped Under the Sea” and “The Assist,” and a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.”