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Susan Allan

Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Allan has been the public-health director and state health officer for Oregon since March 2005. Prior to coming to Oregon, she was health director for Arlington County, Virginia, from 1987 to February 2005. Her education includes an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins. She has extensive experience with a wide range of public-health issues, including emergency preparedness, disease outbreaks, environmental-health programs, immigrants and refugees, and development and assessment of public-health systems. The American Public Health Association presented her a Public Health Heroes award in November 2002, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials gave her special recognition in September 2003 at their annual conference for her many activities on behalf of local public health.

Wilmer Alvarez

Wilmer Alvarez, M.A.
Wilmer Alvarez is the director of preparedness programs at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. In this role, Mr. Alvarez oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of all preparedness programs at the NCDP. Prior to joining the NCDP, Mr. Alvarez oversaw strategic planning and hospital preparedness activities across the Northeast at the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Hospital Preparedness Program. Mr. Alvarez has consulted widely on preparedness with regard to chemical, biological and nuclear terrorism, and has worked to develop training programs on preparedness for and response to weapons of terror.

Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke
Richard A. Clarke is an internationally recognized expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cyber security, and counterterrorism. He is currently an on-air consultant for ABC News. Clarke served the last three presidents as a senior White House adviser. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of special assistant to the president for global affairs; national coordinator for security and counterterrorism; and special advisor to the president for cyber security. Prior to his White House years, Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the intelligence community, and State Department. As chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC, Clarke advises clients on a range of issues, including corporate-security risk management; information-security technology; federal-government security and IT issues; and counterterrorism.

James S. Gilmore III

James S. Gilmore III
James S. Gilmore III is a former governor of Virginia (1998–2002) and a partner at the law firm of Kelley, Drye, and Warren. He is also president of USA Secure, a homeland-security public-policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Former governor Gilmore was chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, also known as the Gilmore Commission. This national panel was established by Congress to assess federal, state, and local governments' capability to respond to the consequences of a terrorist attack. The panel submitted its findings to the president and Congress every December 15 since 1999. The final report was submitted on December 15, 2003. This commission was very influential in developing the Department of Homeland Security. One hundred and twenty-five Gilmore Commission recommendations were adopted by the Congress and Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge.

David Goldschmitt

David Goldschmitt, M.D., FACEP
Dr. David Goldschmitt became the director of emergency medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital in 1996. One of his first duties was to reorganize the department for disaster preparedness. At the time of 9/11, the hospital, which received 1200 casualties in three hours, had a fully operational incident command structure. Since September 11, Dr. Goldschmitt has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and Israel on disaster-management strategies.

 
Jerome M. Hauer

Jerome M. Hauer
Jerry Hauer has extensive experience coordinating and managing emergency preparedness at the city, state, and federal levels. He was the first director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute at the George Washington University. Previously, Hauer served in the Department of Health and Human Services as acting assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness, and senior adviser to the secretary for national security and emergency management. Prior to HHS, he was the first director of the mayor's Office of Emergency Management for New York City. Hauer currently serves as an adviser to the Health Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Columbia University School of Public Health, Department of Homeland Security's Protective Security Division, and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Martin O'Malley


Martin O'Malley
In November 1999, at the age of 36, Martin O'Malley was elected mayor of Baltimore with 91 percent of the vote, becoming the youngest big-city mayor in America as well as in Baltimore's history. Since his election, Baltimore has achieved national recognition in the areas of public safety, improving the efficiency of government, education, and economic development. He was named America's best young mayor by Esquire magazine. With a dedication to open and transparent government, O'Malley is tracking performance through the use of his nationally acclaimed CitiStat program. Syndicated columnist Neal Pierce says Citistat "may represent the most significant local government management innovation of this decade." The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Council for Excellence in Government at Harvard University awarded Baltimore's CitiStat program their Innovations in American Government award. O'Malley served as an assistant state's attorney for the city of Baltimore from 1988 to 1990. In 1991 he was elected to the city council.

Charles H. Ramsey

Charles H. Ramsey
Charles H. Ramsey was appointed chief of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department on April 21, 1998. As head of the 4,600-member Metropolitan Police Department, Chief Ramsey has worked to improve police services, enhance public confidence in the police, and bring down the District of Columbia's crime rate. In September 1998, the chief announced a major reorganization of the department that has put more police resources in the community by creating a system of regional operations commands. His national honors have included the 1994 Gary P. Hayes Award from the Police Executive Research Forum, the 2001 Robert Lamb Humanitarian Award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the 2001 Civil Rights Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the 2003 John Carroll Society Medal.

Charles B. Rangel

Congressman Charles B. Rangel
Congressman Charles B. Rangel is serving his 17th term as the representative from the 15th Congressional District, comprising East and Central Harlem, the Upper West Side, and Washington Heights / Inwood. Congressman Rangel is the ranking member of the Committee on Ways and Means, chairman of the Board of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and dean of the New York State congressional delegation. He has spent his entire career in public service, first as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and later in the New York State Assembly. He was elected to the Ninety-second Congress on November 3, 1970, and has been reelected to each succeeding congress.

Senator Warren B. Rudman

Senator Warren B. Rudman
Senator Warren B. Rudman is of counsel to the international law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison, LLP. He served as a partner in the firm from 1993 to 2003 after serving two distinguished terms as a U.S. senator from New Hampshire. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980 and overwhelmingly reelected in 1986. Senator Rudman cochaired, along with Senator Gary Hart, the U.S. Commission on National Security / 21st Century, which issued its report "Roadmap for National Security," calling for a Department of Homeland Security in March of 2001. In June of 2003, the Council on Foreign Relations issued a report of the findings of a commission chaired by Senator Rudman titled "Emergency Responders: Drastically Underfunded, Dangerously Unprepared."

Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno
Frank Sesno is professor of public policy and communication at George Mason University. He also serves as special correspondent for CNN. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Sesno hosted a series of specials on public television entitled Sesno Reports, which examined several critical issues—including Homeland Security—affecting the Washington region and the nation. From 1995 to 2001, Sesno served as CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief. Prior to that, he coanchored two daily news programs, The International Hour and The World Today. From 1990 to 1997, he hosted Late Edition with Frank Sesno, the network's flagship weekend interview program, where he interviewed politicians, and world and civic leaders.

Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper
Jake Tapper is an ABC News correspondent based in the network's Washington bureau. He covers a range of national stories. The author of two books, Tapper has most recently been the national correspondent for Salon.com, writing on a range of topics from political profiles to the accounting scandal at Enron. Tapper was also a columnist for Talk magazine, and has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Weekly Standard, among many other publications. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Tapper's work was included in The Best American Political Writing 2002.

 
Dale L. Watson

Dale L. Watson
Dale L. Watson recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 24 years of service and is currently employed with Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Watson was the executive assistant director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence. He has been involved in every major terrorist investigation of the last decade, including the first World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Khobar Towers Air Force barracks bombing, the East Africa embassy bombings, the millennium threat, the USS Cole bombing, the anthrax attack, and the second World Trade Center / Pentagon attack on 9/11. He was a regular participant on the National Security Council and regularly briefed all senior members of the current administration to include President Bush. Additionally, he had overall responsibilities for the Olympic Summer Games in Australia and the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.

City Under Siege

Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke
Richard A. Clarke is an internationally recognized expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cyber security, and counterterrorism. He is currently an on-air consultant for ABC News. Clarke served the last three presidents as a senior White House adviser. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of special assistant to the president for global affairs; national coordinator for security and counterterrorism; special adviser to the president for cyber security. Prior to his White House years, Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the intelligence community, and State Department. As chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC, Clarke advises clients on a range of issues, including corporate-security risk management; information security technology; federal government security and IT issues; and counterterrorism.

Douglas M. Duncan

Douglas M. Duncan
Douglas M. Duncan is the county executive for Montgomery County, Maryland, and is currently serving an unprecedented third term as the top elected official of Maryland's largest jurisdiction. Since his election in 1994 as Montgomery's top Democrat, Duncan has provided hands-on leadership to improve educational excellence, strengthen environmental protections, and fight poverty and urban blight, and he has positioned Montgomery as an international biotechnology leader. The Washington Post—which has called Duncan the "Mayor of Montgomery"—describes his governing style as "county leadership that knows when to quit mulling and start moving." In 1982, Duncan was elected to the Rockville City Council, where he served for three terms, and was then elected mayor for three terms.

Stephen E. Flynn


Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D.
Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D., ranks among the world's most widely cited experts on homeland security and trade and transportation security issues, and he is the author of the critically acclaimed and national best-seller America the Vulnerable, published by HarperCollins in July 2004. Since June 1999 he has been a senior fellow with the National Security Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, headquartered in New York City, and in 2002 he was appointed as the inaugural occupant of the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Chair. From August 2000 to February 2001, he served as the lead consultant on the homeland-security issue to the U.S. Commission on National Security (Hart-Rudman Commission). He served in the White House Military Office during the George H. W. Bush administration and was a director for global issues on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration. A 1982 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Dr. Flynn served in the Coast Guard on active duty for twenty years, retiring at the rank of commander.

Jonathan M. Freiman





Jonathan M. Freiman
Jonathan M. Freiman works jointly as a litigator and appellate advocate at Wiggin and Dana and as senior fellow and clinical adviser at Yale Law School's Schell Center for International Human Rights. Freiman coteaches a class at Yale Law School with Dean Harold H. Koh on appellate litigation and strategy, with a focus on the interplay between national security and civil liberties. In November 2003, the Connecticut Law Tribune named him a new Leader of the Law, a special designation for emerging leaders of the bar who have practiced less than ten years, and gave him its Advocacy of the Law Award for "demonstrating exceptional efforts furthering the interests of the law, the profession, or the public." He has worked for a wide variety of corporate, organizational and individual clients on matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, nationally in the federal appeals courts, and in state appellate courts in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and elsewhere. Mr. Freiman is currently part of the legal team representing José Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been held in detention as an enemy combatant since 2002.

Jamie Gorelick


Jamie Gorelick
Jamie Gorelick's career spans the legal, corporate, and public-policy landscape. A litigator by training, she is a partner at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr in Washington, where she heads the Defense, National Security, and Government Contracts Practice. She is best known to us as a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Threats Upon the United States, popularly known as the 9/11 Commission, whose recommendations have produced a major restructuring of our intelligence community. She was well prepared for her service because she has worked in all three of the relevant environments: the Defense Department, where she was general counsel; the Justice Department, where she served as deputy attorney general (the number-two position in the department); and the intelligence community, where she spent many years on the National Security Advisory Panel. Gorelick has a long-standing interest in cyber security, having cochaired the Advisory Committee of the National Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Frank Keating

Frank Keating
Frank Keating took over as president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers in January 2003 after leaving office as Oklahoma's 25th governor. He became the only governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms. Governor Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the Oklahoma City bombing. Prior to the governorship, his thirty-year career in law enforcement and public service included stints as an FBI agent; U.S. attorney and state prosecutor; and Oklahoma House and Senate member. He served presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in the treasury, justice, and housing departments.

 
Robert Khuzami


Robert Khuzami
Robert Khuzami served as an assistant United States attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 2002. In that office, from 1998 to 2002, he was deputy chief and chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Khuzami served in the office's terrorism unit, where he was one of three prosecutors in United States v. Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman, et al., a case culminating in a ten-month trial in which the "Blind Sheik," Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman, El-Sayyid Nosair, and nine codefendants were convicted of operating an international terrorist organization responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the planned bombings of various New York City landmarks, including the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the United Nations headquarters. Mr. Khuzami has been awarded the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service (1996), the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation's Federal Prosecutor Award (1997), and the Henry L. Stimson Award for Outstanding Public Service (2001).

Frank Libutti


Frank Libutti
Frank Libutti served as the first undersecretary for information analysis and infrastructure protection directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. Under his leadership, IAIP made significant strides towards deterring and preventing terrorist attacks against the homeland and strengthened the nation's overall protective posture. Prior to his confirmation as under secretary, Libutti served as the New York City Police Department's first deputy commissioner of counterterrorism, directing NYPD's efforts in preventing, responding to, and investigating acts of terrorism in the city of New York. He served in this capacity from January 2002 to May 2003. Prior to NYPD, Undersecretary Libutti had a long and distinguished career in the Marine Corps, retiring in October 2001 as a lieutenant general. Following his retirement from the USMC, Under Secretary Libutti served as special assistant for homeland security at the Department of Defense. In May 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, The Citadel.

Dana Priest

Dana Priest
Dana Priest covers the CIA, the U.S. intelligence community, and national-security issues for the Washington Post and is an analyst for NBC News and appears regularly on NBC's Meet The Press, Hardball, and MSNBC. Her widely acclaimed book about the military's expanding responsibility and influence, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military, was published in March 2003 by W. W. Norton. It won the prestigious New York Public Library Bernstein Book Award and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Priest has worked at the Post for 19 years and since September 11, she has written extensively on the intelligence lapses that led up to the attacks, the failure of prewar intelligence in Iraq, the government's covert war against suspected terrorists around the world, the interrogation scandal at Abu Ghraib, and the CIA's secret network of worldwide prisons.

Senator Warren B. Rudman

Senator Warren B. Rudman
Senator Warren B. Rudman is of counsel to the international law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison, LLP. He served as a partner in the firm from 1993 to 2003 after serving two distinguished terms as a U.S. senator from New Hampshire. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980 and overwhelmingly reelected in 1986. Senator Rudman cochaired, along with Senator Gary Hart, the U.S. Commission on National Security / 21st Century, which issued its report "Roadmap for National Security," calling for a Department of Homeland Security in March of 2001. In June of 2003, the Council on Foreign Relations issued a report of the findings of a commission chaired by Senator Rudman titled "Emergency Responders: Drastically Underfunded, Dangerously Unprepared."

Nadine Strossen


Nadine Strossen
Nadine Strossen has served since 1991 as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil-liberties organization. She is also a professor of law at New York Law School and has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. She comments frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program. She was a regular guest on ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and has been a monthly columnist for two Web-zines and a weekly commentator on the Talk America Radio Network. Her book Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights (Scribner 1995) was named by the New York Times a "notable book" of 1995 and was republished in October 2000 by NYU Press with a new introduction by the author. Her coauthored book, Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (NYU Press 1995) was named an "outstanding book" by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

Stuart S. Taylor

Stuart S. Taylor Jr.
Stuart S. Taylor Jr. is a weekly opinion columnist for the National Journal and contributing editor for Newsweek, who writes about legal and policy issues of national and international importance. He is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. Taylor practiced law at Washington D.C.'s Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering from 1977 to 1980. He joined the New York Times in 1980 as legal-affairs reporter and covered the Supreme Court from 1986 to 1988. Taylor moved to American Lawyer Media in 1989 and to the National Journal in 1997. He has won various journalism awards and appeared on many television news programs, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Court TV, C-Span, and on many major television networks, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson




Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
Congressman Bennie G. Thompson represents the Second District of Mississippi in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Thompson was named the ranking member of the now-permanent House Homeland Security Committee at the beginning of the 109th Congress. As the top Democrat on the committee, he is committed to solving the most important issues affecting homeland security and aggressively pursuing the committee's oversight responsibilities. Congressman Thompson is uniquely qualified to understand the preparedness and equipment needs of the nation's first responders because he has served as a firefighter himself. As ranking member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and Response, he oversaw the passage of landmark legislation that distributes first-responder funds based on the nation's greatest threats and vulnerabilities. The legislation also streamlined the process for getting funds to the frontlines of the war on terror. He is a founding member of the Mississippi Association of Black Mayors and the Mississippi Association of Black Supervisors.

Dale L. Watson

Dale L. Watson
Dale L. Watson recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 24 years of service and is currently employed with Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Watson was the executive assistant director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence. He has been involved in every major terrorist investigation of the last decade, including the first World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Khobar Towers Air Force barracks bombing, the East Africa embassy bombings, the millennium threat, the USS Cole bombing, the anthrax attack, and the second World Trade Center / Pentagon attack on 9/11. He was a regular participant of the National Security Council and regularly briefed all senior members of the current administration to include President Bush. Additionally, he had overall responsibilities for the Olympic Summer Games in Australia and the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.

Ahmed Younis

Ahmed Younis
Ahmed Younis is the national director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a public-service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims; the integration of Islam into American pluralism; and a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives. A graduate of Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, Younis is the author of American Muslims: Voir Dire (Speak the Truth), a post-September 11 look into the reality of debate surrounding American Muslims and their country. In early 2005, Ahmed organized an MPAC delegation of American Muslim professionals and activists to attend a UN-sponsored seminar "Confronting Islamophobia." Younis has studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba. Younis has numerous academic publications and served as assistant director of the Commission on the Status of Women for the National Model United Nations, one of the largest global student conferences.