A distinguished public servant, Napolitano served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, Attorney General of Arizona from 1998 to 2003 and U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993 to 1997. She became the 20th president of the University of California and its first woman president in September 2013 and has announced she will resign effective June 2020. She will then teach at the University of California at Berkeley.
Napolitano earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal, the University of Virginia’s highest external honor. In 2014, she was appointed a tenured faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2017, she was inducted into the American Philosophical Association. She serves on the Council of the American Law Institute and is a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Napolitano is the author of “How Safe Are We: Homeland Security Since 9/11,” published in March 2019