Arif Alikhan Appointed DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Development

Los Angeles , CA : Arif Alikhan has been appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Arif comes from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s office, where he served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. As a key adviser to the Mayor, he led the City’s efforts to develop homeland security, emergency management and law enforcement initiatives, including operational oversight of Los Angeles Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments. He is a former federal prosecutor and senior advisor to the US Attorney General, and has partnered extensively with local, state and federal agencies,” said Secretary Napolitano.

Before serving as Deputy Mayor, Alikhan was a career prosecutor with the US Department of Justice from 1997-2006. During that time, he served as Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Crimes Section for the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and as a Senior Advisor to the US Attorney General in Washington, DC, where he oversaw the national Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program for the Department of Justice.

Mr. Alikhan was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California Law School where he taught criminal procedure and has been a frequent lecturer at universities in the Southern California area.
Mr. Alikhan graduated with honors from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1993 and was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top California attorneys under the age of 40. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in 1990 where he earned a degree in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, Criminology and Legal Studies.



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