Board Member

Janet A. Napolitano

Janet A. Napolitano

Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Janet Napolitano is a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2013 to 2020, she served as president of the University of California (UC), the nation’s largest public research university, which consists of ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. As UC president, she launched initiatives to achieve financial stability for the university, achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025, accelerate the translation of UC research into products and services, focus UC resources on global food security, and create a system-wide program with Mexico.

Prior to joining UC, Napolitano served as U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013. Previously, she was governor of Arizona for two terms, attorney general of Arizona, and U.S. attorney for the district of Arizona.

Napolitano is the author of the book How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University and a JD from the University of Virginia.

Napolitano is the author of the book How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11. In 2015 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She earned her BS in political science from Santa Clara University and her JD from the University of Virginia.