Amy Pope, a former White House Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, has extensive experience managing high-profile, diverse challenges at the highest levels of U.S. government. Among them, countering violent extremism, managing migration along the U.S.-Mexico border, promoting refugee resettlement, and leading the comprehensive efforts to combat Zika, Ebola, and other public-health threats. She is a Partner at Schillings, where she helps clients identify vulnerabilities and build systems to proactively respond to issues and crises.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Pope worked in several positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, including as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, and as a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division. She has served twice as Senate staff: first, as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and later, as counsel in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
She is an Associate Fellow in the U.S. and the Americas Program at Chatham House and a Senior Nonresident Fellow of the Atlantic Council. Ms. Pope is a graduate of Haverford College and Duke University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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The U.S. government has made important progress in shoring up weaknesses at the nexus of immigration and national security since September 11, 2001. But as new threats emerge and evolve—including public-health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic—the question is whether the post-9/11 system is up to the task of meeting these challenges, as this report explores.