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President and CEO, Council on CyberSecurity; and Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2014

Jane Holl Lute is the president and chief executive officer of the Council on CyberSecurity and was the deputy secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security from 2009 through 2013. As the department’s chief operating officer, Lute oversaw efforts to prevent terrorism and to enhance security, secure and manage the nation’s borders, administer and enforce US immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters, and ensure the nation’s cybersecurity. From 2003-2009, she served as assistant secretary-general to the United Nations responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to UN peace operations worldwide, including rapid-response efforts in support of development and humanitarian operations and crises. Lute also served as assistant secretary-general for peace-building and coordinating efforts on behalf of the secretary general to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict.


Prior to joining the UN, Lute was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation, the Better World Fund, and on the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. She also served on the National Security Council staff under both President George H.W. Bush and President William Jefferson Clinton and had a distinguished career in the United States Army, including service in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. She has a PhD in political science from Stanford University and a JD from Georgetown University.

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