John Picarelli

John Picarelli

Director, Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), U.S. Department of Homeland Security*

John T. Picarelli is the Director of the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Picarelli oversees five major initiatives driving the Department’s mission to prevent all forms of terrorism and targeted violence in America. He is also responsible for coordinating the prevention mission among a dozen offices and components of the Department.  

Prior to joining DHS, Picarelli served two roles for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the U.S. Department of Justice. As a Division Director, Picarelli oversaw research portfolios addressing violence and victimization, including violence against women, elder abuse, children exposed to violence, bias crimes and tribal justice issues. As the Program Manager for Transnational Issues, he built and ran an integrated research and evaluation program examining transnational organized crime, human trafficking and violent extremism. 

Picarelli has published over two dozen journal articles and book chapters, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University. He received his PhD in international relations from American University in 2007.  He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.