A Conversation with Lisa Monaco

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event Information: 

The Fels Institute of Government is proud to host Lisa Monaco for a discussion on her experience as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and in other positions involved with national security and law enforcement.

About the Speaker:

Lisa Monaco currently serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at New York University Law School and as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She has spent more than two decades in public service and for the past decade in senior management and advisory positions in national security. As President Obama's Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, she spent the last four years in the White House coordinating the federal government's crisis management and response to a wide array of risks and challenges - from cyber threats and pandemics to terrorist threats. She served as the Chair of the Cabinet-level Homeland Security Council Principals Committee, where she was responsible for bringing together the heads of the key Executive Branch Cabinet departments to advise the President on homeland security issues and crises. She was personally responsible for advising the President on all aspects of conterterrorism and cyber policy and strategy and coordinating homesland security-related activities throughout the Executive Branch. 

Prior to the White House, Ms. Monaco spent 15 years at the Department of Justice, the majority of that time serving as a career federal prosecutor, and in senior management positions in the Justice Department and the FBI. She served as counsel to and then Chief of Staff at the FBI, helping then Director Robert S. Mueller, III, execute a change management strategy to transform the FBI after 9/11 into a national security organization focused on preventing terrorist attacks on the United States. In 2011, she was nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to serve in that position. In this role, she led the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD) which was created after the attacks of September 11, 2001, in order to integrate intelligence and law enforcement functions across the Justice Department. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School.

Location Address: 

3814 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829