Andy Mitchell is the newest member of the SDMI Board of Experts. Mitchell currently serves as the Director of the Technological Hazards Division in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He previously served as the Assistant Administrator for National Training and Education, National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) in FEMA, where he was responsible for the planning and oversight for FEMA’s training programs for state and local officials, as well as FEMA personnel and disaster assistance employees. In this role, he oversaw the operations of the Emergency Management Institute, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium training centers, and the National Continuing Training Grant Program. He also served as the Director of the Preparedness Coordination Division in NPD, where he directed the building of preparedness staff in the regions and oversaw FEMA’s transition of key preparedness functions to the FEMA regional offices as required by the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act.
Prior to the PKEMRA transition of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) preparedness programs to FEMA, he served as the Deputy Director of DHS’ Office for Grants and Training. He served as the Deputy Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness in the Department of Justice prior to its transfer to DHS as one of the 22 agencies merged to form DHS. Before his role in establishing ODP, he held senior positions in DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, were he served as the Chief of the National Initiatives Branch where he was responsible for the management of BJA’s First Responder to Terrorist Incidents National Training Program for fire and emergency medical personnel, and also served as the Director of the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program.
Mitchell has over 35 years experience in homeland security, public safety and criminal justice program development, program management, program planning and policy development in both the public and private sectors having previously served as a Business Unit Manager for Public Safety and Technology in the Government Services Division of Aspen Systems Corporation; Director of Special Projects for the National Criminal Justice Association; and Director of Financial and Grants Administration for the Georgia State Crime Commission. Mr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Finance, from Georgia Southern College and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.