What We Can Learn From Wildfire Fighters

October 16, 2017

NPLI Director of Research Eric McNulty wrote a piece for strategy+business in May 2016 on leadership lessons for any organization that could be derived from the practices of wildfire fighters. It was timely then because of the Fort McMurray fires in Canada. It is relevant again today as we watch brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way in California. Read More

Dr. Marcus talks with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School on how swarm leadership is used during crisis.

Rich Serino, NPLI Distinguished Visiting Fellow, recently interviewed by The New York Times comments on the hurricane response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Read the full article… Amid Chaos of Storms, U.S. Shows It Has Improved Its Response

Dr. Leonard Marcus Wins Teaching Award:
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has given an Executive and Continuing Professional Education Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Leonard Marcus. Read More



Aviation Meta-Leadership Summit at Boston Logan Airport: Addressing the need to meet emerging threats through a “whole of airport community” approach to security, Massport—in partnership with the NPLI and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)—presented the first Aviation Security Meta-leadership Symposium on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at The Hilton Boston Logan Airport. The event brought together more than 160 leaders from federal, state and local agencies and organizations, including…Read More


Kelly Nee to Lead Boston University Police Department: Boston University has announced that Kelly Nee, NPLI Cohort XIV, will be the new chief of its police department. She will be the first woman…Read More



Integrating Children’s Needs into Preparedness: NPLI Distinguished Visiting Fellow Richard Serino co-authored a piece for The Hill making the case for including the needs of children in all preparedness plans. Read More

NPLI Rocks IAEM: The 2016 annual meeting of the International Association of Emergency Managers was held in Savannah, Georgia on October 14-19 and NPLIers were there in full force demonstrating…Read More

Leadership Challenges in Crisis Communications: Crisis and disaster response are laden with communications challenges for leaders: within agencies, across the response enterprise, with political officials, and with the general public. Get it right and…Read More

How Do You Make Tough Decisions: On September 29, the NPLI partnered with Domestic Preparedness on a round table discussion on high stakes decision making held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA. Participants included…Read More

CBS’ Code Black to Promote Stop the Bleed: Stop the Bleed” is a Department of Homeland Security program to promote awareness, understanding, and capacity among the general public to save lives by stanching bleeding in emergencies.  The initiative includes placing…Read More

Remembering 9/11, 15 Years On: Every NPLI alumnus, faculty, and staff member has a connection to 9/11. Some were in, at, or close to the sites of the attacks…Read More

Drones in Disaster Relief: Robotics are increasingly part of the disaster response arsenal. The many uses are just now being discovered and both professional and amateurs in the field are… Read More

Marking the 5th Anniversary of Joplin: NPLI Founding Co-Director Dr. Leonard Marcus was privileged to deliver a keynote address at the Jopling Disaster Recovery Summit, May 2016 hosted by Missouri South State University. Read More

Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events: NPLI EE Program faculty member Suzet McKinney is among the authors of a new paper on the health and medical response to active shooter and bombing events. Read More

NPLI EEP Cohort XIV Returns to Cambridge: Students from the NPLI’s flagship executive education program return to Harvard June 14-17, 2016 for its concluding session. Team projects ranged from cyberspace to the Arctic…Read More

Preparing for Hurricane Season: For some people, June means the end of school and the beginning of vacation season. For many NPLI EEP participants, June marks the commencement of hurricane season… Read More

Crisis Standards of Care Spotlighted by ASPR: When crisis hits, healthcare professionals are charged with allocating scarce resources to achieve the greatest benefit to the population. This can require…Read More

NPLI Faculty Visit Singapore: Barry Dorn, Eric McNulty, and Rich Serino traveled to Singapore in late January to conduct a meta-leadership training to help the nation’s military and civilian agencies better coordinate and collaborate on…Read More

Leaders in Cohort XIV are off and Running: Fifty senior professionals from across the public, private, and non-profit sectors gathered in Cambridge last week for the opening session of NPLI Cohort XIV program on crisis leadership. The week began with the naming of Alice Hill…Read More

Marcus & Dorn Interview Former Governor Patrick: Former Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deval Patrick joined NPLI Co-Director Leonard Marcus and NPLI faculty member Barry Dorn, both lecturers on public health practice, for a conversation on…Read More

NPLI Faculty Respond to Recent Terror Attacks: The world has been rocked by recent attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and most recently…Read More

McKinney Named Exec Director of IMDC: The Illinois Medical District Commission has named Suzet McKinney (Cohort VIIII and an NPLI program faculty member) as its new Executive Director. McKinney is currently the…Read More

NPLI Alum Nominated for Outstanding Service: Kevin Hannes (Cohort IX) and the FEMA Operation Precious Cargo Team have been nominated for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for public service. Kevin and his team…Read More

Neffenger Confirmed as TSA Head:   Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, (Cohort IV) currently Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, has been confirmed as the new head of the Transportation Security Administration. Read More.

Medical Lessons on Preparedness: NPLI EE Program guest lecturer, Dr. Eric Goralnick has been leading preparedness efforts at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this interview with RadioBoston…Read More