THE KOSTAS INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dr. Stephen Flynn is Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Academic Director of Northeastern’s Master in Security and Resilience Studies Program and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. Before arriving at Northeastern in the fall of 2011, he served as President of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008 he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama. Dr. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea. He is the author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004). He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project, co-chaired by former 9/11 commissioners, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton. Flynn holds the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is the principal for Stephen E. Flynn Associates LLC, where he provides independent advisory services on improving enterprise resilience, critical infrastructure protection, and transportation and maritime security.
Peter Boynton, Co-Director
Former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Boynton was appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, and was twice confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly. He has held leadership positions in port security as a U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, and in aviation security as a Transportation Security Administration federal security director. He served as a Coast Guard officer for 28 years, including 10 years of sea duty, and was captain of three Coast Guard cutters. He was a director on the White House National Security Council staff, and served at the U.S. Department of State and on a federal drug task force in Manhattan.
Sean Burke, JD, Associate Director
Former vice president and senior fellow at the Center for National Policy, Burke has more than 15 years of experience working on domestic security policy and critical-infrastructure protection issues in both the public and private sector. He was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and has worked as an attorney at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in the operations division of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and as a policy analyst at the Department of Homeland Security