Brian Baker is serving as the Interim Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). In this role, Baker serves as the Homeland Security Advisor and State Coordinating Officer for the District. HSEMA is responsible for emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery for the City, including operations for a 24-hour emergency operations center and the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center.
Most recently, Mr. Baker served as HSEMA’s Chief of Staff and managed its financial, administrative, emergency preparedness and response efforts.
Prior to rejoining HSEMA in 2012, Mr. Baker worked as a senior manager for one of the nation’s largest homeland security and emergency management firms, overseeing preparedness consulting for government, private sector and higher education clients. Additionally, he supported post-disaster recovery from Hurricane Irene, the 2011 Nor’easter, and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.
From 2005-2009, he held various roles at HSEMA including the Chief of Plans, Preparedness, Training and Exercises, and acted as the Emergency Operations Center Manager for numerous activations. He oversaw multiple Presidential disaster declarations and served as the consequence management lead for more than 15 National Special Security Events including three Presidential Inaugurations and two Papal Visits.
Mr. Baker helped lead the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) at George Washington University, a U.S. Justice Department Office of Domestic Preparedness program focused on first responder training and Weapons of Mass Destruction preparedness. He also oversaw the management and instructional design of the National Nurses Emergency Preparedness Initiative that earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security an award for innovative instructional design. Mr. Baker has also held leadership positions with the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, where he served as a health and safety board member and disaster logistics coordinator involved in needs assessments and strategic planning.
Mr. Baker earned his undergraduate degree at Johnson and Wales University and his graduate degree at the George Washington University School of Public Health. He is also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program.