Michael D. Brown
A prominent public figure, Michael Brown has garnered over 25 years in public service focused primarily on public safety, preparedness and emergency management. Mr. Brown led the U.S. federal response to over 160 Presidential declared disasters, which have included some of the largest and worst in human history:
- 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and the Pentagon;
- Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003;
- Bam Iran earthquake;
- 2003 historic California and Western U.S. Wildfire season;
- the unprecedented string of hurricanes that swept the Southeastern United States in 2004 and
- the tsunami in South Asia; and
- Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Brown served as the U.S. Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NA TO) Civil Emergency Planning Committee. In that role he negotiated and mediated agreements among NATO member countries. His NATO experience led to numerous diplomatic missions throughout Europe. He was a member of the U.S. – Great Britain Contact Working Group, which sought to strengthen homeland security initiatives between the two countries.
As the leader of a delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, he was at the forefront of helping European nations understand the homeland security initiatives and concerns of the United States.
Mr. Brown negotiated a ten – year cooperative agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation. He led an intensive effort at furthering cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in the areas of homeland security, domestic response to disasters and international cooperation in responding to terrorist events outside the two countries. He has traveled extensively in Russia and developed contacts and relationships throughout the Putin government.
Prior to his nomination as Under Secretary of Homeland Security, President Bush appointed him as General Counsel to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the President nominated Mr. Brown as the Deputy Director of FEMA, where he oversaw and managed more than 13,000 full and part time employees and a $12 billion budget of FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Administration, the U.S. Fire A dministration, the National Disaster Medical System, the Nuclear Incident Response Teams, the Domestic Emergency Support Team, the Office of National Security Coordination and the Office of International Affairs.
During Mr. Brown’s tenure, he led FEMA through its then greatest period of activity in its 26 – year history.
Prior to joining FEMA, he practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma, where he served as a bar examiner on ethics and professional responsibility for the Oklahoma Supreme Court and as a hearing examiner for the Colorado Supreme Court. He has served as a special prosecutor in police disciplinary matters. While attending law school he was appointed by the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee of the Oklahoma Legislature as the Finance Committee Staff Director, where he oversaw state fiscal issues.
During his legal career, Mr. Brown negotiated manufacturing contracts in Brazil, France and Argentina. He has negotiated oil and gas offshore drilling concessions with government of Peru. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, a private electrical utility. He has served in numerous nonprofit associations and was the first Commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association, where he oversaw the implementation of ethics and management systems.
His background in emergency management began with his career in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he served as Assistant to the City Manager. In that position, he worked closely with emergency services, including the police and fire departments, and coordinated the City’s development of emergency contingency plans and the creation of an emergency operations center.
REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
City Club of Cleveland; Cleveland, Ohio
Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals; Los Angeles, California
Metropolitan College of New York, New York City
EMERCOM Annual Exercise, St. Petersburg, Russia
Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, Orlando, Florida
Public Relations Society of America, Colorado Chapter, Denver, Colorado
Johns Hopkins University; Washington, DC
Macy’s Department Stores; New York
International Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Institute; London, England
National Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC
The New School of New York, New York City
Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentavel e Energias Renovaveis; Rome, Italy
State Street Corporation; Boston, Massachusetts
United Kingdom Floodfighters Conference; London, England
Swedish Defence Ministry; Stockholm, Sweden
3N Communications; Los Angeles, California
Colorado Association of Stormwater & Floodplain Managers, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Institute for Policy & Strategy, Lauder School of Government & Diplomacy; Herzliya, Israel
Business Roundtable, Tel Aviv, Israel
Royal United Services Institute; London, England
The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals; San Diego, California
The Emergency Planning Society; London, England
Michigan Association of School Boards Annual Conference; Detroit, Michigan
International Association of Emergency Managers; Orlando, Florida
Ranger American 25th Anniversary; San Juan, Puerto Rico
Florida Association of Municipal Utilities; Miami, Florida
Tampa-St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida
Oklahoma Emergency Management Annual Conference; Tulsa, Oklahoma
NATO Civil Preparedness Committee; Brussels, Belgium
Northrup-Grumman Corporation; Los Angeles, California
GCC Cybersecurity Conference, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
In Plant Printing & Mailing Association, Denver, CO
Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Springs, CO
Los Angeles County Public Health Department, Los Angeles, California
1981 Oklahoma City University’s School of Law – Juris Doctorate (also taught as an Adjunct Professor)