The University of New Mexico’s Global & National Security Policy Institute (GNSPI) at hosts the Honorable Janet Napolitano in a lecture titled Rising National Security Threats and Challenges in the Decade Ahead, on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The lecture, which is part of the Global Security Distinguished Lecture Series, will be held at the UNM Continuing Education Center Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. An hors d'oeuvre reception will be held at 6 p.m. This is a community event, all are welcome. RSVP to


Napolitano is a professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the founder and faculty director of the Center for Security in Politics at UC Berkeley. She served as the 20th president of the University of California, the nation’s largest public research university with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

Prior to joining the University of California, Napolitano served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. She is a former two-term Governor of Arizona, a former Attorney General of Arizona, and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Napolitano is the current president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and serves as a board member for RAND Corporation, VIR Biotechnologies, Zoom, the International Rescue Committee, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the Council of the American Law Institute, and the INTEL Government Affairs Advisory Committee. In 2022, President Biden appointed Napolitano to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2019, Napolitano published How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11.

Napolitano earned her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science from Santa Clara University, and her J.D. from the University of Virginia.

This event is sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and The University of New Mexico.

The UNM Continuing Education Auditorium is located at 1634 University Blvd.