MCGL to Host Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

The Moran Center for Global Leadership, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, is pleased to welcome Janet Napolitano to Villanova University on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Inn at Villanova.

Janet Napolitano is an American politician, lawyer and university administrator who served as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013 and was the 21st governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. Prior to her election as governor, she served as the attorney general of Arizona. Since 2013, she has served as president of the University of California. She has been the first woman to serve in several offices, including attorney general of Arizona, secretary of Homeland Security, and president of the University of California. Napolitano is the 1977 Truman Scholar from New Mexico.

Secretary Napolitano led the nation’s efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, overseeing critical enhancements to aviation security and transforming security capabilities through cohesive and effective organization. During her tenure, DHS shifted its approach to immigration enforcement to better protect public safety, while simultaneously creating a more humane enforcement system. Secretary Napolitano spearheaded the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

The former secretary of DHS will offer an insightful analysis of homeland security since 9/11, assessing the progress that has been made and the new areas of concern that have emerged, including security threats from cyber intrusions into US elections and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in energy, financial and communication networks.

Join the Moran Center for Global Leadership and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as Secretary Napolitano discusses the evolution of terrorism, the increased threat that political blind spots pose to homeland security, and a prescription for the future.

For more information, email kimberly.cahill@villanova.edu.