Dr. Jeffrey Stern came to VDEM in May 2014. He has held leadership positions in emergency management, public safety, and homeland security, having served in local and federal government, the private sector and academia.
He is the chair of the Virginia E-911 Services Board and the State Administrative Agent for all federal homeland security and emergency management grant programs in the Commonwealth.
He is formerly a firefighter/paramedic and battalion chief, a White House Fellow, and an Executive Director at DHS. He led the policy analysis division for DHS’s Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, and taught graduate courses at Georgetown University on disaster management, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Dr. Stern has a doctorate in Public Administration/Public Affairs from Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy, an MPA from the American University School of Public Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William & Mary. He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and an Executive Fire Officer through the National Fire Academy. Dr. Stern has written and lectured extensively on disaster management and contributed to several after-action reports. He serves in advisory roles with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University, The InterAgency Board Strategic Planning Group, and the Board of Directors of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.
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