Paula Granger is an Assistant Director in the Office of Counter Terrorism for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Currently, Ms. Granger oversees the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Unit’s activities which include supporting the buildout of New York State’s Threat Assessment and Management Teams’ architecture and educating stakeholders on Threat Evaluation and Reporting as a Master Trainer through the National Threat Evaluation and Reporting Office. Paula has worked in the Office of Counter Terrorism on a variety of critical projects since she came to the Division as an Empire State Fellow in 2019 including the New York State Targeted Violence Prevention Strategy. Previously, Ms. Granger worked with law enforcement and other multidisciplinary stakeholders to assist domestic/intimate partner survivors and to educate the community on domestic violence prevention. Paula holds an MA degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and an MS degree in cybersecurity risk and strategy from New York University. She served 12 years in the Army National Guard as a Persian linguist and on active duty at USCYBERCOM.
The inaugural Eradicate Hate Summit was a truly impressive gathering of leaders dedicated to finding lasting and effective solutions to violent extremism. I was particularly moved by the prominence given to survivors and family members of victims of hate and violence throughout the event. Their stories and those of so many others must be at the center of what we do and why we do it.