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2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards


Melanie Pearlman

Anchorage field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Denver Division is pleased to honor Melanie Pearlman, executive director of the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) is a nonprofit institution that is dedicated to the prevention of terrorism through education, empowerment, and engagement. Under Ms. Pearlman’s leadership, the CELL has evolved into a center of excellence for terrorism prevention and has impacted thousands of individuals since its inception in 2009. Through its acclaimed exhibit, distinguished speaker series, and law enforcement training programs, the CELL cultivates partnerships by working with the FBI and other law enforcement entities to enhance the nation’s safety.

Under Ms. Pearlman’s direction, the CELL created the world’s first multimedia exhibit focused on understanding the threat of terrorism. In addition, Ms. Pearlman co-produced Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism, a video designed to educate citizens about the actions they can take to prevent terrorism and other criminal activity. The video was launched by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and has received a variety of national awards.

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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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