Who We Are
Andrew “Andy” Mitchell
Andrew “Andy” Mitchell has over 35 years of experience in homeland security, public safety, and criminal justice in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as a subject matter expert for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Mitchell is the former Director of FEMA’s Technological Hazards Division where he was responsible for overseeing preparedness activities related to radiological and chemical hazards in coordination with Federal, State, local, tribal and key private sector partners inside the United States. Key programs directed by Mr. Mitchell include the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). Mr. Mitchell previously served as FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for National Training and Education Division and Director of Preparedness Coordination.
Prior to the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act transition of DHS preparedness programs to FEMA, Mr. Mitchell served as the Deputy Director of DHS’ Office for Grants and Training. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) 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, where he served as the Chief of the National Initiatives Branch responsible for the management of BJA’s First Responder to Terrorist Incidents National Training Program for fire and emergency medical personnel. He also served as the Director of the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program.