Bonnie Michelman’s extensive leadership and security management experience cross diverse industries and national boundaries. Currently she is the Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and also serves as the Security Leader for Mass General Brigham, MGH’s parent organization. Her security operations protect the patients, visitors, staff and assets of 15 hospitals and hundreds of offsite facilities. Security staff number 85K+ and includes a licensed Police Department. Under Bonnie’s direction, MGH won the Lindberg Bell Award for the nation’s finest healthcare security program in 1999, 2007, and 2018.
Bonnie’s list of industry leadership roles is lengthy.
ISMA (International Security Management Assoc.): President 2016-2017; External Relations Committee Chair 2007-2009, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee member 2017-present
ASIS International (Advancing Security Worldwide): International President 2001-2002; Foundation President 2003-2004; other leadership positions 1988-present
IAHSS (International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety): President 2008-2009 and 1995-1996; President of IAHSS Foundation 2019-present; other leadership positions 1983-present
Anti-Defamation League: New England Regional Board of Directors 2010-present; Law Enforcement Committee Chair 2021-present; National Security Committee Chair 2011-2018
IFPO (International Foundation for Protection Officers): Board member, 2020-present
Homeland Security Advisory Council: Board Member 2010-2016; Faith-based Advisory Committee Chair 2011-2016.
Bonnie’s credentials include 25 years as Instructor at Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice in the graduate and undergraduate programs. She consults and lectures in the areas of healthcare security, workplace violence, hate crimes, active shooter training, domestic violence, risk assessment/management, disaster planning, leadership, change management, and strategic business planning and communications. Her writing is included in journal publications on safety, security, leadership and management. She also does significant work in executive coaching, management engineering and strategic planning, ESRM assessments, and has served as expert witness in inadequate and negligent security litigation for 20+ years.
Bonnie’s leadership recognition includes Woman of Valor, ASIS International; Security Innovator of the Year, Security Industry Association; and 2-time winner of the Presidential Award of the Year, IAHSS. She has an MBA, an MS in Criminal Justice, and a BA in Government and Sociology. She holds CPP and CHPA certifications.