2017 Public Service Award (PSA) Luncheon Honoring Cathy Lanier

cathy_lanierJoin us as we recognize Cathy Lanier, Senior VP of Security for the NFL and former DC Police Chief for her distinguished career in public service

The Public Service Award Luncehon is the Harvard Club's flagship event of the year. If you can attend just one event in 2017, please join us on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 12:30-2:00 pm at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, where Ms. Lanier will be presented with the 2017 Public Service Award.

A History of the Harvard Club's Public Service Award  

The Harvard Club of Washington, DC, awarded the first Public Service Award (PSA) in 2000, in memory of the late Elliot L. Richardson AB ’40, LLB ’47, LLD ’72, someone who exemplified public service. The award is presented annually to an individual who has attended or been affiliated with Harvard University, who has made significant contributions to the public good, and whose service has at least in part been focused on the Washington, DC, area.  Previous recipients have included former Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell AB '87, former Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, JD '87, MPP '87, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Cathy Lanier

Cathy Lanier was hired as the Senior Vice President of Security for the National Football League (NFL) in September 2016.  In this capacity, Ms. Lanier oversees all security operations for the League to include investigative affairs, compliance with the Federal government’s SAFETY Act, and NFL venue, fan, player, staff and infrastructure security for all 32 clubs.

Prior to joining the League, she spent 27 years with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990.  Her police experience ranged from uniformed patrol where she served as a Commanding Officer in different districts throughout the city, as well as Commanding Officer of Narcotics and Vehicular Homicide Units.  She was also Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Division where she managed Emergency Response team, Aviation and Harbor Units, Horse Mounted and Canine Units, Special Events / Dignitary Protection Branch and Civil Disturbance Units.  Ms. Lanier was also tapped as the first Commanding Officer of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism.

After assuming the leadership of the Metropolitan Police Department in January of 2007, she was confirmed as the Chief of Police in April, 2007 and held that position for 10 years.

Ms. Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy.  She holds Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  She is certified at the technician level in Hazardous Materials Operations.

Luncheon Menu

Choice of Salad: Spring Greens with Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Herb Croutons and Italian Vinaigrette


Romaine Hearts with Charged Corn and Tomatoes with Cilantro Dressing
Choice of Entree: Roasted Salmon Filet on Aztec Quinoa with Sweet Peppers and Butternut Squash


Herb Marinated Free-Range Chicken Breast on Gnocchi Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetable with a Chianti Jus
Chef’s Choice of Vegetarian Option  
Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
Dessert  Pastry Chef’s Selection of Assorted Cookies
Selection of Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Imported Tea Service, Ice Water and Iced Tea with Lemon

Members and their Guests: $75/person; Non-members $95/person

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Wednesday, 05/24/17 at 12:30pm - 2:00pm | iCal


Willard InterContinental
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW The Willard Room
Washington, DC 20004

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