Michael is a New Orleans native with over 19 years of comprehensive public safety experience in homeland security & emergency preparedness, planning, safety, incident management, search and rescue, hazardous material, training, and liaison support activities. Currently as the Chief of Staff/Deputy Director of New Orleans Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness he oversees and manage command & control of daily operations of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and responsible for administering the City's crisis and consequence management program. He acts as Director in his/her absence. Directs the four core functions of the City Emergency Operation Center (CEOC); Planning, Operations, Finance/Administration & Logistics including Division program areas of Planning & Strategic Programs; Training, Exercises & Evaluation and Community Engagement.
He also directs the research, development, implementation and maintenance of Citywide Crisis Management Framework, Programs & Emergency Operation Plans. Serves as the primary point of contact for citywide crisis management framework and programs, particularly for senior federal, state, and regional stakeholders. On call 24 hours a day /7 days a week for any major/unusual event including weather events, fire, hazardous materials or WMD/terrorist incidents, and is capable of being requested at any time for response to local or regional incidents to act in a strategic, tactical or advisory role, depending upon the needs of the incident.
Michael begin his career in public safety in 2002 at 19 years of age joining the New Orleans Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT and worked his way up the ranks through continued training and education to positions as Fire Captain, where he directed and supervised firefighting, medical, hazardous material emergencies, and related life and property protection calls for emergency services. Compliance/Training Officer, where he ensured the Department was conducting its operations in full compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations that pertain to the Fire Service industry, as well as professional standards, accepted best practices, and internal standards, & Homeland Security Liaison where he served as a liaison between the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) and the City of New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD), to establish cooperative relationships with the appropriate state and local agencies and departments and various private corporations with regard to public safety, homeland security, emergency preparedness & management, and infrastructure protection.
Throughout his career, he has earned several degrees and has extensive training and certifications in Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management starting with both a Bachelor (SP2014), and Masters (SP2020) Degree double majored in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and Health & Wellness at Tulane University, New Orleans Louisiana. He also attended Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana majoring in Business and earned an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Delgado Community College during his tenure with the New Orleans Fire Department. In addition, he holds numerous certifications from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, a graduate of the Executive Emergency Management Academy, a Certified Emergency Manager in the State of Louisiana and will be under review for a National Certified Emergency Manager in FY2021. He is also a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School Executive Leaders Program Cohort 2002, enrolled in at the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Public Leadership Program and currently teaching undergrad level Homeland Security/Emergency Management curriculum at Tulane University in New Orleans.
In his spare time, he enjoys teaching, watching football, fishing, outdoor cooking, and spending time with family.