The District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission (HSC) was established by the Homeland Security, Risk Reduction and Preparedness Amendment Act of 2006. The HSC makes recommendations for improvements in security and preparedness in the District. Specifically, the Commission gathers and evaluates information on the status of homeland security in the District, measuring progress and gaps in homeland security preparedness, recommending security improvement priorities in consultation with major public and private entities and advising the District government on the homeland security program. Each year, the HSC provides an annual report to the Mayor and District of Columbia Council.
Homeland Security Commission Members
Commission members are experts in the areas of security, transportation, communication, risk assessment, public health, and terrorism. Each member’s background and expertise is listed below
David Heyman (Chair): Mr. David Heyman is a nationally recognized thought leader, national security expert, and former systems software engineer with over two decades of experience working globally on innovation and risk management, serving at the highest levels of government and the private sector. He has served in senior positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy, and most recently as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was the Founder and Director of the Homeland Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mr. Heyman also co-founded and currently leads Smart City Works, a new class of business accelerator established to build and launch next generation infrastructure companies that improve the security, resilience, and livability of cities. He is also a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Strategy Group and the CEO of Tektonics Global, a management consultancy firm supporting businesses and government in building smarter, safer, and more resilient cities.
Dr. Meloyde R. Batten-Mickens: Dr. Meloyde R. Batten-Mickens currently serves as the Director of Facilities Operations at Prince George's Community College, where she has the opportunity to align operation response planning, facility infrastructure support, team professional development, and organizational development to promote student and community success. She has more than twenty years of progressive experience in planning emergency management programs including public safety, people management, communication strategies, and organizational leadership. She currently is a credentialed Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers and serves on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council (FEMA-NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Sub-Committee and previously served on the FEMA-NAC Preparedness and Protection Sub-Committee. Dr. Mickens was also the lead program director for public safety and emergency management at Gallaudet Universtiy and Simmons College; during her service, she executed Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) standards and principles to develop and strengthen the institutions' emergency management councils, crisis leadership teams, public safety operations, and facility infrastructure. As a member of the Emergency Management Institute's Executive Academy, her cohort co-authored the article, Development of Metrics for Personal Preparedness to highlight the criticality of creating a metric mechanism to demonstrate if emergency preparedness initiatives are actually creating a prepared nation. Dr. Mickens' provides trailblazing contributions to community emergency preparedness initiatives. She volunteers regularly with the local community and faith-based organizations, coordinating and providing disaster preparedness briefings. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated's National Emergency Response Task Force, she is an active participant on the White House-sponsored National Youth Preparedness and FEMA's America's Prepare-A-Thon national initiatives.
Brad Belzak: Mr. Brad Belzak is a national security expert with 15-years of US Federal, state and local government and international business experience in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Currently, Mr. Belzak works for a global consulting firm focusing on strategy & operations support to Fortune 30 executives. Previously, he served as a Political appointee at the US Department of Legislative Affairs and a Senior Advisor, within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant supplying Fortune 100 companies and allied governments in the Middle East and Asia with homeland security and emergency management capacity building. While at Deloitte, he advised senior leaders in the Middle East on homeland security best practices. Prior to his time in the private sector, Mr. Belzak spent eight years working for the US Government in both the Executive and Legislative branches. He was then at DHS as a Senior Policy Adviser to leadership, Deputy Chief of Staff and First Responder during Hurricane Katrina recovery operations and an Intelligence Analyst on detail to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Belzak has a Masters of Science in Security and Resiliency from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Elon University.
Rebecca Katz: Dr. Rebecca Katz is an Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in the Department of Health Policy. Her research is focused on public health preparedness, the intersection of infectious diseases and national security and health diplomacy. Since 2007, the primary focus of her research has been domestic and global implementation of the International Health Regulations. She previously worked on Biological Warfare counter proliferation at the Defense Intelligence Agency, was an Intelligence Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research in the Joint Military Intelligence College and spent several years as a public health consultant for the Lewin Group. Since 2004, Dr. Katz has been a consultant to the Department of State, working on issues related to the Biological Weapons Convention, Avian and Pandemic Influenza and disease surveillance. She is the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense, 2nd edition and author of a textbook on Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Katz received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College, an MPH in International Health from Yale University and a Ph.D in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Philip McNamara: Mr. McNamara is an accomplished Government Affairs, Advocacy and Political Executive. He has over eight years of experience with the Department of Homeland Security as a part of the senior leadership team. He served a major leadership role during the incident responses from the H1N1 pandemic, to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and Matthew, to the Boston Marathon Bombing, and many others. As a team oriented manager Mr. McNamara coordinates with senior level officials to make timely decisions on complex issues. He specializes in relationship building and working with individuals of diverse perspectives to reach common ground.
Susan Reinertson: Ms. Susan Reinertson is the Vice President and Chief of Emergency Management and Corporate Security for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), where she is responsible for directing Amtrak’s Incident Response Team, Amtrak Ambassador Program and emergency preparedness and corporate security strategy. This includes critical infrastructure protection, employee identification and access control, video surveillance, security awareness, training and exercises. Previously, Ms. Reinertson was in the Senior Executive Service as a Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, she was the State Director of the ND Division of Emergency Services and began her career at the Grand Forks City/County local emergency management office. She is a master’s graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense & Security and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative through Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Railway Management Program.
Are you interested in serving on the Homeland Security Commission? Application information is available through the Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments.
The most recent meeting of the HSC took place on December 8, 2017. The next meetings of the HSC will take place on April 20, 2018 and June 8, 2018.
- Notice of the Homeland Security Commission Quarterly Meeting, December 8, 2017 [PDF]
- Notice of the Homeland Security Commission Quarterly Meeting, September 15, 2017
Please see the draft meeting minutes from the Homeland Security Commission December 8, 2017 Quarterly Meeting.
Please see the meeting minutes from the Homeland Security Commission September 15, 2017 Quarterly Meeting.