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Jennifer L. Harper

Director Jennifer HarperJennifer L. Harper was appointed by Governor Christopher T. Sununu and confirmed by Executive Council on June 5, 2019. Director Harper proudly serves as the first female director and only the third director since the formation of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) in 2006.

As director of HSEM, she is responsible for coordinating the state’s response to major disasters as well as planning, training and exercises to ensure readiness at the local and state levels of government for the safety and security of NH’s citizens and visitors. As Homeland Security Advisor, she coordinates homeland security activities through collaboration with federal partners, other state departments and agencies, local governments, private sector partners, and other states.

Director Harper advises state, local, federal and private partners on an array of matters, including emergency preparedness, security assessments, critical infrastructures, human-caused and natural threats, grants management and projects, and emergency planning, training, and exercises.

Since October 2014, she has served as the Assistant Director for the division and played an integral role in the direction of the state’s responses to emergency events and ensuring the readiness and coordination efforts of first responders, communities, state agencies and private sector partners in responding to disasters and emergency incidents.

Director Harper started her career in emergency management in 1991 under the NH Governor’s Office of Emergency Management. During her more than 30 years of state service, she has served as the HSEM Operations Chief, Co-Director of the NH Department of Safety’s Information and Analysis Center, HSEM Bioterrorism Coordinator, HSEM State Exercise Training Officer and HSEM Terrorism Coordinator.

Director Harper serves on the International Emergency Management Group, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Health Security Intelligence Enterprise Advisory Committee, the State Emergency Preparedness Conference Planning Committee and is the State Security Liaison with the U.S. DHS. Director Harper also served as a Homeland Security Adjunct Professor with the Plymouth State University Criminal Justice Department.

Director Harper holds a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern NH University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University, and an Associate’s Degree in Business Science from Hesser College.


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