After leading efforts to diversify the FDNY’s firefighter roster, CHDS alum Laura Kavanagh has taken that diversity to the highest level. In October 2022, Kavanagh was appointed the first female FDNY Commissioner, the top civilian administrator leading the largest municipal firefighting organization in the U.S. and the second-largest in the world.
Just seven months after her retirement ceremony in April 2022, CHDS ELP and PELP alum Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan (US. Coast Guard, Ret.) was appointed as the 14th superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, the first woman to take over the prestigious post.
Nuclear non-proliferation and zoonotic disease efforts don't seem to have obvious links, but Center for Homeland Defense and Security alum Michael Sharp has been at the forefront of both on a national and international basis, and at times has combined the two.
Two Center for Homeland Defense and Security alumni, Catherine Bernstein and Doug Reed, have been recognized for their work in the disparate fields of volunteer trauma victims assistance and county-level emergency management.