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Webinar with former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

January 18, 2024

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security will present a webinar titled "Homeland Security Apparatus" on Wednesday, January 24 at 6 p.m. MST via Zoom.

Idaho State University's Institute of Emergency Management and Emergency Services Department are proud to host the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership Insights Series. The Leadership Insights Series brings leaders and influencers in emergency management and homeland security to share their knowledge and insights with the ISU community.

Janet Napolitano is a professor of public policy and director of the Center for Security in Politics at UC Berkeley. A
distinguished public servant, Napolitano served as the president of the University of California from 2013 to 2020, as
the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, as Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998 to 2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993 to 1997.

She earned her B.S. degree(summa cum laude) in political science in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was a Truman Scholar, and the university's first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law.

As Secretary of Homeland Security, she led the nation's efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, secure its borders, respond to natural disasters and build domestic resiliency. She oversaw critical enhancements to aviation security, including initiatives like the creation of TSA PreCheck that bolster security while improving the travel experience.

As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano balanced the state budget while also increasing the state's rainy-day fund. She created universal all-day kindergarten for Arizona children, established Science Foundation Arizona, and led the construction of a new medical school in Phoenix. In 2007 she was elected by her peers to serve as chair of the National Governors Association.

Napolitano is currently a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She is the founding faculty director of the Center for Security in Politics. In March of 2019, Napolitano published How Safe Are We: Homeland Security Since 9/11. This book is currently required reading for students in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at Idaho State University.

Registered participants will receive a Zoom link in advance.


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