Disaster Resilience for America – April 21, 2015

ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW: On this edition of “Disaster Relief for America”, hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Chris Geldart, the Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA).

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: Chris Geldart

(courtesy of Disaster Resilience for America)
Christopher T. Geldart is currently the Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). He serves as the Homeland Security Advisor and Emergency Manager for the District. He is the former President and CEO of G2 Solutions a provider of full spectrum homeland security and emergency management consulting services. Prior to starting G2 Solutions Mr. Geldart was the Vice President for Homeland Security and Emergency Management for URS Corporation. Before joining URS in February 2009, Mr. Geldart was FEMA’s Director of the National Capital Region Coordination Office (NCRC). Serving as the federal government’s lead for domestic preparedness in the National Capital Region Mr. Geldart furthered the regions efforts in risk management, federal participation in regional planning with state and local partners, and catastrophic planning throughout the greater National Capital Region. Before joining FEMA in April 2007, Mr. Geldart worked for the State of Maryland as Assistant Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, beginning in 2004. He designed, developed and led the State’s homeland security Program Executive Office, which included management of over $400 million in funding and required coordination with all of Maryland’s local and municipal governments and the entire state enterprise. He also designed and led grant application, allocation/distribution and outcome tracking process for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control grant programs for the improvement of the Maryland’s all hazards prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities. In addition, he served as primary liaison for the State to the multiple coordinating offices of DHS to include Preparedness, Grants and Training, Infrastructure Protection, Information Analysis and the Office of State and Local Coordination and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 2002-2004, Mr. Geldart was a Program Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided program management for the Installation Preparedness Program, Unified Defense Exercise 04 where he served as a lead in developing scenarios and training materials that test naval installation Weapons of Mass Destruction plans and directives. He also served as program manager in support of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Command Technical Assistance Team in support of classified projects for the Department of Defense and other agencies. From 1989-2001 Mr. Geldart served in the United States Marine Corps, where he had several leadership positions in the Fleet Marine Force and was certified and served as an instructor in a joint military formal school environment. He has a Bachelor’s degree in American History from the University of Maryland.

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