|Juliette Kayyem Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||August 16, 1969|
Juliette Kayyem is an American former government official, author, analyst, and professor who has served as a host of the WGBH podcast The SCIF. She was previously appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Homeland Security, in the Obama administration. Moreover, she has served as an on-air analyst for NBC, MSNBC News, and CNN and has been named one of CNN/Fortune Magazine’s “People to Watch”. She has also served on the advisory board of the Qatari-government-financed International Centre for Sport Security.
Juliette N. Kayyem
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Juliette Kayyem enrolled at Harvard University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1991. After that, she graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1995.
Former Government Official, Author, Analyst, Professor
- Siblings – Jon (Brother)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Juliette Kayyem has dated –
- David J. Barron – She has been married to lawyer David J. Barron and the duo has been blessed with 3 children – a daughter and 2 sons. He has served as the Chief United States Circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and former S. William Green Professor of Public Law at Harvard Law School.
Race / Ethnicity
Kayyem is of Lebanese descent.
Juliette Kayyem Facts
- In the year 1995, she started her legal career at the Department of Justice and eventually served as an advisor to Attorney General Janet Reno until 1999.
- Juliette Kayyem served as House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt’s appointee to the National Commission on Terrorism – a congressionally mandated review of how the government could better prepare for the growing terrorist threat – from 1999 to 2000.
- In January 2007, she was appointed as Massachusetts’ first Undersecretary for Homeland Security by Governor Deval L. Patrick.
- She was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs by United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on March 5, 2009. Her responsibilities included coordinated and consistent planning between the department and all of its state, local, tribal, and territorial partners on issues as varied as immigration, intelligence sharing, military affairs, border security, and the response to operational events such as H1N1 influenza outbreak, the December 25th attempted terrorist attack, the Haiti earthquake, and the BP oil spill.
- In 2011, she started serving as a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School.
- Juliette Kayyem became a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary “for her colorful, well-reported columns on an array of issues, from women in combat to oil drilling in Alaska.”
- It was reported in July 2013 that Kayyem was considering a bid for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election and she officially announced her candidacy on August 21, 2013.
- She was appointed as the chief executive officer of Massachusetts-based Zemcar, an on-demand and scheduled ridesharing company focused on children and seniors, in October 2017. However, the company discontinued its rideshare services the following year in December.
- Kayyem was named the chief executive officer of Grip Mobility – a technology company focused on providing transparency in the rideshare industry – in March 2019.
- She has served as a senior advisor to NSO Group, an Israeli technology firm known for its Pegasus spying tool.
- She has also contributed to a bi-weekly Boston Globe column distributed through the New York Times wire service.
- Juliette Kayyem has been a member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs board of directors, and Faculty Co-Chair, Dubai Initiative.
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