Civ-Mil Relations in America: A Panel Discussion for Veterans Impact Day


Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:15pm



Dana Born, Brig Gen USAF ret.
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership

The Hon. Peter Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN
Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families

Refreshments will be served.
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Please join us for Civ-Mil Relations in America: A Panel Discussion for Veterans Impact Day. This panel will provide an opportunity for Harvard students to hear from a group of distinguished leaders who have dedicated their lives to serving their country – playing the roles of active duty military, civilian and veteran. The conversation will focus on the civilian-military divide in the United States and mechanisms to bring both civilian and military populations closer together.

The panel, moderated by CPL’s own Brigadier General Dana Born, comes in anticipation of the flagship Veterans Impact Day of Service, held on Friday, April 20, 2018. Join us for a day of service in the greater Boston community! Register here.

Dana H. Born is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Currently, she serves as Co-Director of Center for Public Leadership, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS), and Faculty Chair of the HKS Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Presidentially appointed Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Previously, Dana served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/Staff Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Professor Born received her B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy, M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, TX, M.A. in Research Psychology from University of Melbourne, and Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University. Born has been the recipient of a number of senior level military awards and academic distinctions, including the 2017 HKS Innovation in Teaching Award.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the chief executive of the City of South Bend. He took office in 2012 at the age of twenty-nine, and is responsible for the city workforce of over 1,000 employees and an annual budget over $380 million. During his first term, Buttigieg established a 311 system for city services, led a successful initiative to address 1000 vacant and abandoned houses in 1000 Days, and established the first Open Data Policy for a city in Indiana. In his second term, his administration completed the award-winning “Smart Streets” initiative to transform the city’s downtown streetscapes, and launched the largest investment to parks and trails in the city’s history.

Buttigieg has been profiled by the New York Times and was called “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post. An officer in U.S. Navy Reserve from 2009-17, Buttigieg took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan during a seven-month deployment in 2014, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work. A Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford and has a degree in American History and Literature from Harvard College.

Kathy Roth-Douquet is CEO of Blue Star Families, the largest Chapter-based nonprofit organization serving active duty of all branches, Guard and Reserve, wounded, and transitioning veterans and their families. Blue Star Families' mission is to strengthen military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership to millions of people. Kathy Roth-Douquet received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her MPA in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University where she held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law, Magna Cum Laude and the Order of the Coif.

While serving at the Pentagon as Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acting) she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for her work on defense reform. She is also a recipient of President George H. W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award, and most recently received the Chief of Staff of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. Kathy is a commentator on patriotism, civil-military affairs, the value of service, and the experience of military families. She is an author, most notably of “AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service and How it Hurts Our Country” (Collins, 2006). She is a military spouse of 18 years, four deployments, and 9 moves. She lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia.