Juliette Kayyem to Speak at 89th Annual Meeting & Dinner

Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

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”.

Political consultant & Council Board Member Tony Cignoli will moderate

Political consultant & Council Board Member Tony Cignoli will moderate

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. She is the founder of Kayyem Solutions, LLC, providing strategic advice to a range of companies in technology, risk management, mega-event planning, venture capital and more.

Currently, Kayyem teaches new leaders in emergency management and homeland security as a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kayyem serves as an on-air security analyst for CNN and is featured in a weekly radio program on Boston’s NPR station WGBH, for whom she also hosts a regular podcast entitled “Security Mom.” 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.

Previously, Kayyem 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. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor 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 advisor 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.

Kayyem is a board member of MassINC, the International Centre for Sport Security, and the Red Cross of MA. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

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.

About Cynthia Melcher

Cynthia Melcher is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts
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