Gene McCarthy – Deputy Inspector, NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, Critical Response Command

This program has broadened my ability to evolve as a leader. Listening to both speakers and classmates voice their positions, I find myself being able to analyze and make comprehensive decisions quickly and efficiently. Additionally, I have allowed myself to delegate tasks to subordinates that I not necessarily would have in the past. The ability to do this reinforces my commitment to trusting them, their ideas, and their ability to lead. Setting the vision and having others fill in the ‘how’ has moved my command to the next level.” Gene McCarthy Deputy Inspector NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau Critical Response Command

Erin Parks – Head of Security and Emergency Preparedness, Sterling Bay

As one of the two private sector members of my ELP cohort, I expected the pressure to be on, to prove myself and fit in. But from day one, our group of emergency managers, law enforcement officers, senior government representatives, and fire professionals melded together perfectly. Full of class participation, upbeat debates, and humor made for an amazing experience that I won’t soon forget. The contacts made, friendships fostered, and the experience was truly second to none.” Erin Parks Head of Security and Emergency Preparedness Sterling Bay

Laura Kavanagh – First Deputy Fire Commissioner, Fire Department of City of New York

The CHDS-NPS Executive Leaders Program is tremendously valuable and unique in the realm of homeland security. The instructors are truly experts in their fields, and they have tailored the program to the varied needs of public servants working across the country. From speaking to FDNY members who graduated from this course before me, I knew going in it was going to be an extremely rewarding experience; and it surpassed my high expectations. I feel fortunate and honored to have had this educational experience and the opportunity to connect with leaders in government agencies at city, state, and federal levels. The course made an impact on me, and know it will greatly benefit the Department and our life-saving mission.” Laura Kavanagh First Deputy Fire Commissioner Fire Department of City of New York

AJ Schall – Director, Delaware Emergency Management Agency

I have had the ability to participate in great courses and seminars over my 25 years of corporate and public safety career. The content of the ELP was a great mid-career program to ensure my critical thinking skills are ready for the next 20. On top of the great course curriculum, the partnerships and friendships fostered were amazing and have already been used to benefit organizations in Delaware. I have raved about CHDS and happy that others from Delaware are participating in the next cohort.” AJ Schall Director Delaware Emergency Management Agency

Aaron Levy – Deputy Director, Individual Community Preparedness Division (ICPD), Federal Emergency Management Agency

The ELP exceeded expectations. The quality of the instructors, the diverse backgrounds of my classmates and the opportunity to think boldly about where the Homeland Security field is and where it is going are the underlying factors that make the ELP peerless in terms of leadership programs. The program changed the way I approach challenges while enhancing my understanding of the 21st-century threat environment we must contend with at all levels of government and in the private sector. The ELP made me a better leader and a more informed citizen while allowing me to build a professional network of like-minded practitioners.” Aaron Levy Deputy Director Individual Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ben Haiman – Executive Director, Professional Development Bureau, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leadership Program is a fantastic opportunity for homeland security practitioners to learn and discuss significant issues and emerging trends in homeland security. The program afforded access to robust discussion and dialogue and to learn at the hands of exceptional faculty. The curriculum covered the gamut from climate change to terrorism, hate groups, and topics such as strategic thinking. It challenged each practitioner to think differently about our roles in our respective agencies and how we all contribute to the broader homeland security mission. I highly endorse this program and would encourage all of my agencies executive leadership and those broadly in the homeland security field to apply.” Ben Haiman Executive Director Professional Development Bureau D.C. Metropolitan Police Department