Jeffrey McLeod directs the NGA Center’s Homeland Security & Public Safety (HSPS) Division, which supports governors and their staff in developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to states’ most critical public safety challenges. Areas of focus for the division include homeland security, cybersecurity, emergency management, “smart states” and technology transformation, criminal justice and public safety, opioids and substance use disorder, public health preparedness, and crisis communications. Through policy academies, learning labs, and other initiatives, McLeod and his team support governors’ senior advisors—including cabinet secretaries, homeland security advisors, legal counsel, and policy staff—with strategic planning and policy implementation. In addition to consultative support, the division produces reports, white papers, webinars, and other resources providing guidance to states and the broader field on best practices and state innovations in public policy.
In coordination with NGA’s Office of Government Relations, the HSPS Division supports the Council of Governors—created by Congress and formally established by Executive Order in 2010—which serves as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense, and defense support to civil authorities.
McLeod serves on the boards of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee, and Cure Violence. He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, and his writing has been published in the University of Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, as well as The Hill, Government Technology,and other media outlets. Currently, he teaches a course on federalism, law, and public policy at Georgetown Law, where he serves as Adjunct Professor of Law.
He graduated with highest distinction from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College and holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh where served as Lead Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan.
Before joining NGA, McLeod worked in private practice.