- Speaker Program
On May 5, 2023, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco spoke in Chapel. She shared insights on the importance of upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of all individuals. Her career path has been truly inspiring.
Ms. Monaco served as President Barack Obama's Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, where she advised on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy and coordinated the Executive Branch’s response to a wide range of homeland security-related issues. Prior to the White House, she spent 15 years at the Department of Justice, serving as a career federal prosecutor, and in senior management positions in the Justice Department and the FBI. Ms. Monaco is a recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service and the Edmund J. Randolph Award, and is a graduate of Winsor School, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago Law School.
The discussion was moderated by School President Daniel Drucker ’23. Mr. Kaplan, who knew the Monaco family growing up, introduced Ms. Monaco in Chapel. Her brothers, Peter ’82, Mark ’83, and Chris ’86 are Belmont Hill graduates. Their parents, the late Tony and MaryLou Monaco, remained active at Belmont Hill long after their sons graduated. Mrs. Monaco was a founding committee member of the School’s Katharine Wrisley Atkins Women’s (KWA) series. A U.S. history prize is named in honor of Dr. Monaco’s father, Donato Monaco.
Following the School Meeting, Ms. Monaco was available for a smaller group discussion with students, and in the afternoon, she was the guest speaker at the KWA series, which was moderated by Margy Dunn P ’10, KWA Co-Chair.