Harvard Kennedy School
Joseph Pfeifer is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches about crisis leadership and leads research teams to examine response to extreme events. He is also the Director for Crisis Leadership at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, a senior fellow at the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point and a visiting instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Pfeifer retired from the New York City Fire Department as an Assistant Chief and the founding director of FDNY’s Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness. (See NYT Article.) During his career, he has commanded at some of the largest disasters in the New York City’s history. He was the first Chief at the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, played a major command role during Hurricane Sandy and helped manage NYC’s Ebola Response.
As a leading professional on crisis leadership he has appeared in major news media interviews and presented at international conferences. He has taught senior leaders from around the world and conducted hundreds of simulations to test response capabilities, surge capacity and coordination. He has also testified in front of the U.S. Congress about the threats cities will face in future.
Pfeifer holds Master’s Degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School, Naval Postgraduate School and Immaculate Conception. He is widely published in professional journals and books.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET