Juliette Kayyem has an extensive background in national security and terrorism related affairs. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1991, and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1995. She began her legal career in 1995 at the Department of Justice, ultimately serving as an advisor to then Attorney General Janet Reno until 1999. From 1999-2000, Kayyem served as former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt’s appointee to the National Commission on Terrorism. Kayyem was appointed as Massachusetts’ first Undersecretary for Homeland Security by Governor Deval L. Patrick in 2007. In 2009 Kayyem was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Homeland Security. Kayyem is on the faculty at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and is currently a columnist at the The Boston Globe. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.