NPLI Alumni Present Team Project to California Emergency Services Leadership

Last month, NPLI associate director Eric McNulty joined the members of the Executive Education Program Cohort XVI in Sacramento to visit with the leadership of the California Military Department and the California Office of Emergency Services on preparing for and responding to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident. The NPLI alumni were members of Team Space Weather Acute Response Measures (SWARM), the meta-leadership team that as a part of their NPLI…

NPLI Alumni in the News: Vice Admiral Scott A. Buschman

We’d like to offer congratulations to NPLI alumnus, Scott A. Buschman. He was recently promoted from Rear Admiral to Vice Admiral in the United States Coast Guard and assumed the position of Atlantic Area Commander. Previously, Buschman was the Deputy Commander of the Atlantic Area. As part of NPLI Executive Education Program Cohort XI, Buschman was highly engaged in our meta-leadership framework and its application to his military service. At…

Communications Internship

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) is a joint venture of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  We are a crisis leadership training and research program dedicated to preparing professionals from federal, state, and municipal agencies, international governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors to lead preparedness, response, mitigation, and…

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 sites of the attacks. Others were in the thick of the response and recovery efforts. While each anniversary of 9/11 is a time to pause and reflect, this one is generating greater interest in lessons learned and progress made in keeping the nation and its people safe. NPLI Founding Co-director Leonard…

NPLI Team Tackles Cyber Challenges

Cyber threats are emerging as a distinct and persistent challenge requiring new thinking on policy and action. Leadership is a key component to enabling agencies to better work together across government and for the public and private sectors to coordinate and collaborate in their efforts. An NPLI Cohort XII project team took on this issue and recommended a new operating structure modeled after the joint interagency task force in South…

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. The TSA has come under fire in recent months and senators expressed confidence in Neffenger’s leadership to move the agency forward. According to USAToday, Senate majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell said that Neffenger’s confirmation will “bring long-overdue leadership to an agency in urgent…

Welcome Back, Cohort XI

The NPLI is proud to welcome Cohort XI back to campus this week for their concluding session. They will be presenting group projects completed over the past six months on topics as diverse as response to active shooters, solving “wicked” crises, and better leveraging volunteers in preparedness and response. Among those who will be addressing the group are General Charles Jacoby, Commander of theNorth American Aerospace Defense Command and United…

Swarm Intelligence and the Marathon Bombing Response

The faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative unveiled their preliminary findings on the leadership of the response to the Boston Marathon bombings at a special symposium on April 8, 2013. (Download the findings: NPLI Marathan Bombing Leadership Response Report dist). “Many reports and events have looked at what happened. Our objective has been to examine the ‘why’ questions,” said NPLI founding co-director Leonard Marcus. “The operational lessons are important.…

Evans Named Boston Police Commissioner

William “Billy” Evans (Cohort X) has been appointed commissioner of the Boston Police Department by recently inaugurated Boston mayor Martin Walsh. Evans is a 31-year veteran of the force and recently served as interim commissioner. He has been praised for his leadership roles in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings and in the BPD’s response to the Occupy movement’s activities in the city. Evans has been generous in his…

Cohort XI Complete and Ready for Class

All open places in the 2013-2014 Cohort (XI) of the NPLI have been claimed. The incoming class includes participants from organizations as varied as the New York City Police Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, the Singapore Armed Services, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The cohort of fifty students will meet on the Harvard campus for a week in December…