DHS announces new members of Homeland Security Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently appointed four new members to its Homeland Security Advisory Council. (HSAC).

The new members include: former Arizona Rep. Ron Barber; Kayyem Solutions LLC founder Juliette Kayyem, who was a member of President Barack Obama's transition team; Ned Norris Jr., chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation; and Farah Pandith, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and strategic advisor to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Barber, who served as district director for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) from 2007-12, was shot and injured during an assassination attempt on Giffords in  2011.

With the help of his family, Barber established the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding. Additionally, he served as regional administrator and state director of the Arizona Development Disabilities Department from 1974 to 2006.

Kayyem's company provides strategic advice on risk management, large-scale event planning and venture capital investments to clients all over the world.

Kayyem also has served as DHS assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs until 2010 and was named Massachusetts' first undersecretary for Homeland Security by Gov. Deval L. Patrick. She is on the faculty at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she teaches new leaders in crisis management. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her commentary in the Boston Globe, is a national security analyst for CNN, a contributor to NPR's WGBH in Boston, and also hosts the podcast "Security Mom." She serves as chair of the Safety and Security Committee of the Boston 2024 Summer Olympic Bid.

Norris has served as chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona since May 2007. He also served as the vice chairman from 2003-07 and served as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council's Southwest Border Task Force. He worked for the government of the Tohono O'odham Nation for more than three decades and served as a (non-attorney) tribal judge from 1988 to 1993.

Norris also is a Sunnyside Unified School District Hall of Fame inductee and a former commissioner for the Tohono O'odham Nation’s Tribal Employment Rights Office. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Arizona in 2009.

Pandith was appointed the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities at the Department of State in June 2009. From 2004 to 2007, she was the director for Middle East Initiatives at the National Security Council (NSC). She was also chief of staff at the Bureau for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development, served at USAID from 1990 to 1993 and was vice president for International Business at ML Strategies from 1997 to 2003. She serves on the Board of Overseers at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and on the Smith College President’s Council.

For more information about HSAC, visit www.dhs.gov/hsac.

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