In government, academia, journalism, and the private sector, Juliette Kayyem has served as a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts.
Kayyem is founder of one of the few female-owned security businesses and provides strategic advice to a range of companies in technology, risk management, mega-event planning, venture capital and more.
Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. In addition, she serves as a regular security analyst on CNN and is featured in a weekly radio program on 89.7 WGBH.
As a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Kayyem teaches new leaders in emergency management and national security and has authored several books on homeland security.
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, as well as organizing major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor where she guided regional planning, the state’s first interoperability plan, and oversaw 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.
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.
Kayyem is a board member of Mass Inc., the Boston2024 Olympic Executive Committee, the Trilateral Commission, the International Centre for Sport Security, the Red Cross, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Described as a “rising star” of the Democratic party, in 2014 Kayyem was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and the mother of three children, she is married to First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Barron. Her memoir –The Education of a Security Mom – will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2015.