Secretary Chertoff's announcement:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Anne P. Petera as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Programs at the Department of Homeland Security. Anne brings considerable experience in state government and management expertise to my senior leadership team, and I will rely on her heavily to forge even stronger ties with state and local partners.
Anne joined the department last year as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management after 10 years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia as Director of Administration in the Office of the Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth in former Governor Gilmore's Cabinet and Chairman of Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. She brought more than 20 years of private sector experience in banking and real estate to her duties in the Commonwealth. Anne is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has been active on numerous state and university boards.
The Office of Intergovernmental Programs is established within the National Protection and Programs Directorate. The office will comprise elements of the previous Office of State and Local Coordination and will continue to serve as my primary conduit for coordinating with state and local governments.
I congratulate Anne on this well deserved promotion and look forward to her leadership and commitment to enhance the critical role that state and local governments play in securing our homeland.