Jeffrey D. Stern
In May 2014, Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Jeffrey “Jeff” Stern as the state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to lead VDEM’s collaboration with local, state, federal and other partners. Stern was formerly deputy coordinator of emergency services for the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management. He also served as executive director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and manager of the policy analysis division for the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute in Arlington. He is a certified emergency manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and has first responder experience in hazardous materials incidents and fire and rescue missions in Virginia, Maryland and Colorado. Stern helped lead response teams during hurricanes Charley and Katrina and for the Haitian earthquake. He teaches emergency and disaster management at Georgetown University.
Stern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from the College of William and Mary and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from American University. He is a candidate for a doctoral degree in public administration from Virginia Tech.