Crisis Leadership in Extreme Times: A Discussion with Joseph Pfeifer, Former FDNY Chief of Counterterrorism


Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Rubenstein-304, Harvard Kennedy School

Join the Crisis Management PIC and the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) for a discussion with PCL Senior Fellow Joseph Pfeifer, FDNY Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness (retired), founding director of FDNY's Center for Terrorism and Preparedness, and on-scene commander during 9/11 and multiple other disasters. Chief Pfeifer will provide a presentation on how 9/11 first responders dealt with the multiple intersecting components of the crisis. He will then lead a group discussion on the skills needed for crisis leadership in today’s world of complex disasters.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the Program on Crisis Leadership

Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society’s capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious disease; and terrorism. Jointly affiliated with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PCL takes a comprehensive perspective, looking at risk reduction strategies, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.