THE KOSTAS INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Stephen Flynn, PhD, Co-Director and Professor of Political Science
Former president of the Center for National Policy, Flynn was also a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern. The author of several leading books and articles on homeland security, he is a frequent expert witness before the U.S. Congress, and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on and proponents of resilience as a security and societal imperative. He has served in the White House on the National Security Council staff, and was a member of the Obama presidential transition team. He served as a commissioned officer for 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, holding two commands at sea.
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.