CHHS Congratulates Senior Policy Analyst Strickland on Appointment as Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Press Release: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Russell J. Strickland, at present a Senior Policy Analyst at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), to lead the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as that agency’s Executive Director.  At CHHS, Mr. Strickland directed our Center’s prestigious Senior Crisis Management Seminars for international delegations sponsored by U.S. Department of State, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance.  In that capacity, he supervised and/or served as a lecturer for ten seminars held both in the United States and abroad.  Strickland also assisted Maryland’s Montgomery County in evaluating and planning for that county’s implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). He further supported the review and development of strategic options for the Maryland’s Queen Anne’s County Emergency Operations Plan.

CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger said of Mr. Strickland’s appointment:

“We congratulate Russ on this prestigious appointment to head the critically important Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which is the state’s lead responder to serious weather and health related, as well as terror based, emergencies.  His decades of outstanding leadership in many diverse and important emergency management roles and the respect Russ has garnered throughout our state and in the Nation as a whole have provided invaluable guidance to us and will doubtless be a major asset to Maryland in his new and important positon.  While he will be very much missed, his professionalism, expertise, and dedication will certainly be of the highest benefit to MEMA and the citizens of Maryland.”

With more than 50 professionals working on over 90 contracts around the world, CHHS’ hands-on expertise includes strategic policy development, planning, exercise, and training in continuity of operations, emergency management, crisis management, public health, cybersecurity, interoperability, mass evacuation and sheltering, and resource management. CHHS is also a leader in law and policy education through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, teaching legal courses in emergency management, homeland security, electronic surveillance and privacy, public health, and cybersecurity, as well as overseeing graduate specialty programs for cybersecurity and crisis management.

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