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Paul Goldenberg

Senior Fellow for Transnational Security at the Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience

Senior Member of the United States Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council

Paul Goldenberg is a highly decorated former law enforcement and national security professional recognized globally as an objective and principled advisor.  Through his work as member of the United States Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), the former head of the Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) transnational policing program, and Senior Fellow with the Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience (CPR), Mr. Goldenberg has played a key role in setting domestic and international policy for the legislation and investigation of hate crimes, countering violent extremism, and has been an international thought leader in information sharing, conflict resolution, public safety, cyber security policy, and creating and managing public-private partnerships among federal, state and local governments. At the direct request of the United States Secretary of Homeland Security Mr. Goldenberg has chaired several highly sensitive national DHS efforts, such as the 2019 Subcommittee for the Prevention of Targeted Violence Against Faith Based Communities, the National Cyber Security and Foreign Fighter Task Forces.

His public career includes more than two decades as a former senior member of the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, Commissioner/Director of the nation’s 6th largest county social service and juvenile justice system, and as a law enforcement official who headed investigation efforts for significant cases of domestic terrorism, hate crimes, political corruption, and organized crime. Following a series of highly publicized occurrences of domestic terrorism and hate crimes, the Governor and NJ State Attorney General appointed Mr. Goldenberg as the nation’s first statewide Chief of Office for bias crimes, domestic terrorism and state community relations efforts. Throughout the 1980s, Mr. Goldenberg headed several major organized crime investigations as part of the State’s Organized Crime Task Force in central New Jersey.

In 2004, Mr. Goldenberg spearheaded an international law enforcement mission for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest government security initiative, during which he worked in more than eight European nations including Ukraine, Hungary, Kosovo and Croatia where he advised government and NGO groups on topics such as community conflict and the advent of transnational extremism. Many of his recommendations were implemented in several European states.

Mr. Goldenberg has received numerous honors while working as a law enforcement officer in urban Essex County, New Jersey.  In addition, he served four years as a deep undercover agent for the South Florida Strike Force, and for his efforts was recipient of Florida’s most distinguished citation for valor: Officer of the Year. His on-the-ground works ultimately led to over 200 arrests for gun running and organized crime.

More recently in 2015, Mr. Goldenberg was named Senior Fellow at Rutgers University and advisor to the University’s Miller Center focusing on global community policing and transnational security issues.

Mr. Goldenberg has testified before the U.S. Congress, Presidential Commissions, the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, EU, Helsinki Commission, and appeared as an expert panelist and guest speaker at transnational security forums, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has been profiled, interviewed and has also contributed to leading television shows and publications worldwide, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Der Spiegel. He has received numerous honors from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, African American and Asian Indian advocacy groups and organizations here in the USA and abroad.


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