Brett Burdick

Chief Deputy State Coordinator

Brett Burdick joined VDEM in 1994 and currently serves as the Chief Deputy State Coordinator.

Positions and Accomplishments

  • Director of the Technological Hazards Division, 2000-2008, with oversight of the Commonwealth’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response System.
  • Environmental Programs manager, 1994-2000, directing the environmental restoration of Virginia’s Emergency Fuel Storage Facility in York County.
  • Terrorism Program manager, directing Virginia’s Consequence Management efforts and preparedness for terrorist incidents.
  • Member of the Regional Response Team for EPA Region III.
  • Virginia’s representative on the Southern States Energy Board Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee.
  • Member of the Department of Defense/Department of Justice Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability.
  • Professional Geologist in two states.
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the Masters Level through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.
  • Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in geology and oceanography from Humboldt State University, California.
  • Master’s degree in public administration from California State University – Dominguez Hills.
  • Graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
  • Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Graduate of Commonwealth Management Institute and the Virginia Executive Institute.

Personal Info

A rugby fanatic, Brett is married and they have three children and live in Henrico County.