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…

NPLI Cohort X Project Makes News

Can social media be an effective tool for detecting outbreaks of food-borne illness? That is the question that one project team set out to answer during 2012/2013’s Cohort X. The answer seems to be yes. Among the team’s activities was developing and testing an app for automated Twitter monitoring for outbreaks of food poisoning and other restaurant-related illnesses in greater Chicago. A suspect Tweet triggers a response asking the person…

McConnell calls for Meta-leadership on Cybersecurity

Former Director for National Intelligence Mike McConnell has called for meta-leadership as the nation prepares for more and larger cyber attacks in Politico: For NIST to bring all of the parties together and create meaningful change, I believe that its senior leaders must become directly involved in this effort, bringing to it these enterprisewide leadership skills, and the engagement of the Department of Commerce, and interagency and business leadership. The…

Assessing the Response in Boston

The recent Boston Marathon bombings tested the city’s preparedness and response. These efforts included many associated with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Here is a quick round up of some of the more interesting pieces: The Harvard School of Public Health Forum held a live webcast in conjunction with WBUR featuring NPLI Founding Co-director Dr. Leonard Marcus, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Don Boyce (Cohort IV), Massachusetts General…