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Lai Sun Yee

Former Assistant Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security for New York State
Arlington, VA, USA


Lai Sun Yee is Principal Advisor, Homeland Security for CNA (Center for Navel Analysis). She is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the National Training, Education, and Exercises of Department of Homeland Security/FEMA. In her position as Senior Policy Advisor, she has worked with the National Security Staff in developing, planning and conducting presidential level exercises and National Level exercises. She was also the FEMA Division Supervisor for Manhattan and the Bronx for the response to Hurricane Sandy. She was selected as a Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security Distinguished Fellow at the DHS/FEMA/National Preparedness Directorate.

She has held executive level positions in New York State and New York City government. She is the former Assistant Deputy Secretary for Homeland Secretary for New York State and the former Assistant Deputy Secretary for Criminal Justice for New York State.

Prior to her appointment by the Governor, she served as the counsel to the Bronx Borough President. She is also the former general counsel of the New York State Emergency Management Office (NYSEMO) where she advised the Director, the executive staff and the agency on legal matters.

Before joining NYSEMO, she was the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Services and General Counsel for the New York City Office of Emergency Management where she worked in support of the City's response to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.  She served as the Assistant Fire Commissioner of the Bureau of Investigation and Trials for the New York City Fire Department and worked as an attorney in the Fire Department Legal Division. 

In addition, she was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and taught a graduate level Homeland Security overview course.

Her ABA activities include an appointment by the President of the ABA to the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Preparedness; the Executive Council of the Section on State and Local Government Law (SLG); chair of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Committee of the SLG.

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