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Gun Violence in America
Gun violence is the number one cause of death for children in the United States and every day 120 Americans die in a gun-related incident. Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Steven Dettelbach ’88 discusses these troubling statistics and how we as a nation can reverse the trends.
Steven Dettelbach ’88
Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Host: Emma Wolfe
Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Dartmouth
Steven M. Dettelbach was appointed by the President and sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on July 13, 2022. Mr. Dettelbach is responsible for leading an agency of men and women charged with protecting the public by enforcing laws and regulations related to firearms, explosives, arson, and alcohol and tobacco trafficking.
From 2009-2016, Mr. Dettelbach served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. As U.S. Attorney, he oversaw high-profile investigations and both managed and personally handled large-scale, crisis-level litigations. He also supervised a broad docket of complex affirmative and defensive civil matters. After Clerking for the Hon. Stanley Sporkin, Mr. Dettelbach served from 1992-2006 as a career federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division and at three U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. He was also detailed as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Most recently, Mr. Dettelbach was a partner and litigation group leader at a major national law firm.
In his 30-year career, Mr. Dettelbach has been involved in nearly every type of criminal, civil or regulatory investigation. He has also served in senior policy roles at the Dept. of Justice, having been appointed by two Attorneys General to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Mr. Dettelbach also was appointed to Chair the AGAC Civil Rights Subcommittee by both Attorneys General Holder and Lynch, and he was the longest serving Chair in the Obama Administration.
Mr. Dettelbach received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1991 and his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1988. He is married with two children.
Emma Wolfe is the inaugural Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Dartmouth College, previously serving as the Senior Advisor to the President for External Relations and Leadership Development at Barnard.
From 2018 to 2022, she served as a deputy mayor and chief of staff to the mayor of New York City. Previously, Ms. Wolfe served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of New York, overseeing offices at federal, state, and local levels to achieve policy, legislative and budgetary outcomes.
Prior to her time at City Hall, Emma worked in city and state government offices; ran electoral campaigns at local, state, and federal levels; recruited new candidates to run for office; and organized for labor and community based groups.
Ms. Wolfe holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Barnard College.