Daniel T. Alexander is currently the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Field Operations Directorate. Mr. Alexander is responsible for developing, maintaining, and deploying a disaster workforce that is well trained, educated, and prepared to support disaster survivors and first responders. In his current capacity, Mr. Alexander provides the infrastructure and delivery systems required to ensure the Agency can meet its requirements for National Preparedness in the Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas.
Prior to his appointment with the Field Operations Directorate, Mr. Alexander was the Director of the National Integration Center within FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate. He was responsible for the policy and doctrine development and technical assistance provided to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System and the National Incident Management System across the nation. In this role, Mr. Alexander led the development of new national emergency management initiatives, including the rollout of the National Qualification System.
Mr. Alexander served as the Deputy Director for Operational Coordination and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Administrator in the Field Operations Directorate of FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery. Here he was responsible for directing all policy development and performance evaluation for FEMA’s disaster field operations activities. He also served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator regarding the Directorate’s management of disaster workforce, field leadership, operational assessments, and federal interagency coordination activities. Prior to that, Mr. Alexander served as an Assistant Director in FEMA’s Office of Federal Disaster Coordination, where he had management responsibilities over the 10 Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators across the country. Previously, he served as both a Federal Coordinating Officer and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for FEMA Region VIII in Denver, CO after coming to FEMA in 2011. Prior to that, Alexander served as the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the City and County of Denver. In this capacity, Alexander managed the City and County’s emergency management program, homeland security grant initiatives, including the Urban Area Security Initiative. Alexander was appointed as the Vice Chair of FEMA Region VIII’s Regional Interagency Steering Committee, the Governor’s Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee, and was appointed as a subject matter expert to FEMA’s National Integration Center’s Emergency Management Workgroup. He also served on President Obama’s Policy Advisory Committee on the National Security Information Program for State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Entities. Prior to that, Alexander served as the Homeland Security Director for the City of Milwaukee, managing the City’s emergency management and homeland security’s programs and spent approximately 13 years as a law enforcement officer with the Milwaukee Police Department.
Mr. Alexander is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and did some post graduate work in the PhD Program in Urban Studies. Mr. Alexander has taught extensively in both undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of Criminal Justice, Research Methods, Urban Studies, and Homeland Security.