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Alan Bersin recently served as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Bersin was responsible for overseeing the Department’s policy formulation function in the areas of border security and trade, cyber, critical infrastructure and resilience, threat prevention and security policy and strategy, and plans and risk assessments.

As Chief Diplomatic Officer for DHS, Mr. Bersin led the Department’s international engagement and served as the principal advisor to the Secretary on all international affairs and functions; oversaw the strategic development and execution of the Department’s international policies and plans; facilitated DHS multilateral, regional, and bilateral relations with foreign governments, law enforcement agencies, and international organizations to ensure an integrated transnational affairs program for the Department; served as the lead Departmental representative in interagency policy deliberations affecting foreign relations; and served as the Departmental interlocutor with the Department of State and the foreign affairs community, including foreign governments and international organizations.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Senior Fellow, The Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2017-present)
  • Global Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson Center (2017-present)
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations (1999-Present)
  • Member, Pacific Council on International Policy (1996-Present)
  • Member, Board of Overseers, Harvard University (2004-2010)
  • Senior Fellow, School of Education, University of California at Davis (2009)
  • Member and Chair, Board of Overseers Visiting Committee, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University (2003-2006); Chair (2006-2009)
  • Co-Chair of Mexico/U.S. Task Force – Rethinking the Mexico-U.S. Border: From Nagging Problems to Cooperative Solutions (2008-2009)
  • Member, Statewide Leadership Council, Public Policy Institute of California (2008-2009)
  • Member, Council of Visitors, California Western School of Law (2002-2009)
  • Lecturer at Law, Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley (2006-2007)
  • Lecturer, Stanford University Graduate School of Education (2005-2006)
  • Chair, Southwest Border (Federal Law Enforcement) Council (1996-1998)
  • Member, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys (1995-1998)

Previous Experience

  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Member and Board Chairman
  • Secretary of Education, Office of the Governor, State of California
  • California State Board of Education, Member
  • Superintendent of Public Education, San Diego
  • United States Attorney, Southern District of California