Michael P. Valenti

Michael Valenti has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors encompassing the law enforcement, consulting, and financial sectors. Upon his retirement from the Port Authority Police Department of N.Y.& N.J. in 2008, he successfully transitioned into the private sector.

Currently, he is a Partner at Beechwood Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm in Short Hills N.J. He is also a founding partner in Wise Fool Films, a film production company that is in the process of making a short film and producing full length feature films.

Mr. Valenti started his career with the Port Authority Police department in 1985 working his way up through the department, to include holding ranks as the Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau and actively being involved in and commanding the investigation of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. He was also the Chief of Staff for the Director of Public Safety, where his responsibilities were broad, spanning both management and operational functions.

As the first Chief of Counterterrorism for the Port Authority Police Department post 9/11, he was tasked with protecting some of the most critical infrastructure assets in the world without a roadmap. In his counterterrorism role, his responsibilities included creating a counterterrorism program, identifying vulnerabilities in both physical security and infrastructure and investigative processes while leading investigations and actively being the agency’s lead executive assigned to the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force management team.

While in that position, he managed and developed the police department’s first five-year security plan as it related to the agency’s $1.0 billion physical security capital program. In that role, part of his charge was to identify the macro and micro threat environment and provide diligence that supported the agency’s comprehensive security infrastructure program in conjunction with their Office of Emergency Management.

Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief of the department several years later, he conducted a complete review of the police department’s $400 million-dollar budget with the department’s Commanding Officers, to ensure operational efficiency as it related to the budget. He also actively negotiated several labor contracts in conjunction with the agency’s law department. In addition, he was the department’s representative on New Jersey’s Domestic Preparedness task force, where they crafted policy as it related to both security and emergency response protocols for the State of New Jersey.

In 2008, he retired from the department to join a hedge fund in Greenwich Connecticut, with $5 billion under management as a Senior Advisor, where he collaborated with a seasoned professional investment team. In this position, he eventually transitioned to lead a distressed company, and while there, he restructured the company and sold it to a strategic buyer.

He was elected to the Board of Education in Chatham, New Jersey in 2017.  Additionally, he is a member of the leadership team of a group in New Jersey that is spearheading an effort to address the crisis in mass shooting incidents nationally, which includes the education, law enforcement, and philanthropic sectors.  He is also on the Board of the New York Police Chief’s Benevolent Association and a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a regular contributor to the local news media in both New York and New Jersey on security and counterterrorism related issues and has been featured on “New Jersey Power and Politics.” In 2018, he co-authored a pilot program for a major urban police department to assist and train their officers to more effectively deal with the public and support their Community Policing Program.

He is a graduate of New Jersey City University where he holds a B.S. degree in Business Management. He also holds an MBA in Business Management from Saint Peter’s University.

Board Member: 2019-Present

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