Janet Napolitano Discusses the Responses to COVID-19 by Local Governments and the Federal Government

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - Governor Napolitano can see the current national health crisis from a number of perspectives: as a former state leader, as a national security expert, and as a university system president. Hear how she grades COVID-19 responses by local and federal governments.

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Janet Napolitano served as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, and then as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration.
Janet Napolitano served as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, and then as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration.

Janet Napolitano served as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, and then as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration. Since 2013, she has served as president of the University of California system, the first woman to hold that role. Today, she will discuss the various responses to the COVID-19 crisis from state governments, from federal agencies, and from university systems.

Governor Napolitano can see the current national health crisis from a number of perspectives: as a former state leader, as a national security expert, and as a university system president. In moving forward, she believes it is vital to clarify the roles of different federal government agencies and their relationships to one another. She also stresses the importance of maintaining state government rights, as she says the president simply does not have the authority to mandate all state responses to the crisis.

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