David J. Kaufman

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David Kaufman PhotoDavid J. Kaufman is FEMA’s Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs. Appointed in September 2009, he is responsible for providing leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support to the FEMA Administrator on a wide range of Agency policies, strategy, plans, programs, and key initiatives.

Mr. Kaufman has extensive experience with homeland security and emergency management issues. He has been a member of the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he has taught in the Center’s graduate and executive level education programs; was the Safety and Security Director for CNA, a non-profit think-tank; and has previously served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in FEMA.

Mr. Kaufman’s notable recent accomplishments include framing FEMA’s current strategic direction; developing the Agency’s Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management and its supporting doctrine; launching the Strategic Foresight Initiative; and creating and co-leading a nine country multilateral working group on community resilience. His previous service included leading policy and planning efforts for FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate; overseeing the day-to-day activities of DHS’ $3 billion portfolio of state, local, and infrastructure preparedness assistance programs; and working on homeland security issues in both the public and private sector spanning risk management, catastrophic planning, preparedness, and community engagement.

Mr. Kaufman holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan; a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, Political Science, and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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