Michael Valenti

Mr. Valenti has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors encompassing the areas of law enforcement, consulting and finance. Upon his retirement from the Port Authority Police Department of N.Y.& N.J. in 2008, he successfully transitioned into the business world. From 2017-19, Mr. Valenti served as a partner with Beechwood Capital Advisors, and in 2016 he co-founded Wise Fool Films.

As the first Chief of Counterterrorism for the Port Authority Police Department following the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Valenti was tasked with protecting some of the most critical infrastructure assets in the world without a road map. His responsibilities included establishing a counterterrorism program, identifying vulnerabilities in both physical security, infrastructure and investigative processes while leading investigations and 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. Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief of the Port Authority Police Department several years later, Mr. Valenti conducted a complete review of the police department’s budget to ensure operational efficiency. He also actively negotiated several labor contracts in conjunction with the agency’s legal department and was the department’s representative on New Jersey’s Domestic Preparedness Task Force which crafted policy as it related to both security and emergency response protocols for the State of New Jersey.

In 2008, Mr. Valenti retired to join a hedge fund as a senior advisor where he eventually transitioned into a role where he led a distressed company, restructured it and sold the company to a strategic buyer. Mr. Valenti 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 spearheading an effort to address the crisis in mass shooting incidents nationally. Mr. Valenti is also on the Board of the New York Police Chief’s Benevolent Association, a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and IACP, a regular security and counterterrorism contributor to the local news media in New York and New Jersey, and has been featured on News 12 New Jersey’s “New Jersey Power and Politics.” In 2018, Mr. Valenti 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. Mr. Valenti is a graduate of New Jersey City University where he holds a Bachelor of Business in Business Management. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Peter’s University.

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