We are pleased to announce that former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem will discuss homeland security and the intersection of democracy and counter-terrorism measures in conversation with political consultant and Council member Anthony Cignoli for our 89th Annual Meeting & Dinner on Thursday, October 8. The title will be “Home Sweet Homeland: Lessons for a More Resilient Nation”.
The event will take place at the Springfield Sheraton and will begin with a cash bar reception at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Call 413-733-0110 to register or click here.
Juliette Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. Most recently, she was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. There she played a pivotal role in major operations including handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response; she also organized major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency. At the time she was the most senior Arab-American female appointee in the Obama Administration.
Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security adviser guiding regional planning and the state’s first interoperability plan, and overseeing the National Guard. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal adviser to US Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She is the recipient of many government honors, including the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Coast Guard’s highest medal awarded to a civilian. In 2013, she was named the Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women, a policy that was changed that year.
Juliette currently teaches national security and emergency management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, serves as a regular on-air security analyst for CNN, and is featured weekly on Boston Public Radio. Her podcast “Security Mom” is produced by WGBH. Her memoir Security Mom: Terrorists, Hurricanes, Oil Spills and Other Bedtime Stories will be published next year by Simon and Schuster.
Anthony Cignoli is president of the A. L. Cignoli Company, the public relations, political and governmental affairs company he founded more than 20 years ago. The firm has built a reputation for creating success for clients from challenging situations from referendum campaigns other firms will not touch to assisting in turning around political and corporate campaigns in trouble. Tony is a veteran of many political campaigns, including elections in Peru and Italy. Tony is a frequent commentator and political analyst on local radio and television news programs in Western Massachusetts, as well as on New England Cable News, CNN and MSNBC.