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Michael Balboni, J.D.
Founder and Managing Director of Redland Strategies, Inc.

 

Michael Balboni, J.D., is the founder and Managing Director of Redland Strategies Inc., a consulting firm that provides the expertise, experience, and contacts necessary to help companies and government agencies position themselves to get through crises, improve business performance, and maximize growth. Michael also serves on several homeland security think tanks and charitable boards dealing with public health, and is a regular contributor as a terrorism expert on national and local television and print media.

Before starting Redland Strategies, Michael was a leader in New York security, politics and government.  Following the tragic days of September 11, 2001, then-acting New York State Senator Balboni was appointed as the first Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. During his tenure, he wrote nearly all of the major laws relating to Homeland Security for New York State, many of which became models for national legislation.

In 2007, he left the Senate to become Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor for New York State where he managed an agency of 63,000 employees with a $5 billion budget. Michael also oversaw the creation of programs such as New York Alerts, the Critical Infrastructure Suspicious Activity Reporting system for the State, as well as ensuring that hundreds of millions of dollars went to state and local first responders to make our city and state safe.

In addition, Senator Balboni served on transition teams for both President Obama and Governor Cuomo.  In addition to his responsibilities as a Board of Advisors member with Homeland Security Management Institute – Long Island University (HSMI), he is a Senior Fellow with the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University and serves on the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission. Most recently, Michael was appointed to the NYS Respond Commission that is tasked with finding ways to ensure that New York State is ready to respond to future weather-related disasters.

Mike Balboni received a Bachelor's degree from Adelphi University and earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from St. John's University School of Law.  These and other relevant experiences have placed Michael Balboni on the front lines of public safety and have provided the right skill sets to serve as an HSMI Board of Advisors member, advising the Institute on matters of policy and curriculum.