John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh teaching in a suit at GW with a monitor with a map on it
Senior Fellow at the George Washington Center for Cyber and Homeland Security; retired Senior Executive, FBI
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Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic and Crisis Management
  • Judicial Reform
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration
  • Transformational Processes
  • Training

Mr. Kavanagh has extensive national and international experience in the areas of strategic and crisis management, judicial reform, conducting complex investigations, training, transformational processes, and building effective cross-agency collaboration within the government and public sectors.

Mr. Kavanagh is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, a distinguished group of policy experts and practitioners in the areas of counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and homeland security, drawn from the private, government, academia, and the non-profit sectors. He is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, College of Professional Studies, Homeland Security Master’s Program, teaching Emergency Management and Crisis Communications.

John Kavanagh is a retired Senior Executive of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with over 22 years of a demonstrated record of success conducting and managing a wide variety of complex global investigative and intelligence activities, while transforming the FBI’s mission. He has been recognized by the Office of the Director National Intelligence as a member of the Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Corps.

Mr. Kavanagh was previously an Assistant District Attorney in New York, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

He has been a member of the New York Bar since 1984.


  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Hofstra University School of Law
  • Bachelor’s degree, St. John's University (summa cum laude)

Classes Taught

  • Teaching Emergency Management and Crisis Communications