IAEM Leadership Symposium 2013

About the Symposium | Read-Ahead and Supporting Materials | Speakers

About the Symposium

IAEM, along with the Naval Postgraduate School, presented the unique opportunity of attending the IAEM Leadership Symposium as a pre-conference workshop at the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference. The Leadership Symposium is designed to be a graduate level discussion about the strategic leadership issues and opportunities facing the discipline of emergency management and potential ways to frame and approach these challenges. This web page provides access to symposium-related materials and informatino about speakers.

The format of the symposium was largely a facilitated discussion among the participants interspersed with provocative scenarios, guest experts, and small group exercises. Participants learned how to advance their critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques to address existing and emerging issues in emergency management. They were introduced to innovative practices and discussed the social issues, essential partnerships, and future trends in emergency management, as well as the policy issues of the emergency management decision-making landscape.

The IAEM Leadership Symposium Committee, a part of the IAEM-USA Training & Education Standing Committee, is working on the 2014 IAEM Leadership Symposium at this time.


Read-Ahead and Supporting Materials


Director and Symposium Lead Moderator
Glen Woodbury

Glen Woodbury is the Director of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, responsible for leading the Center’s strategic commitment to servicing the homeland security educational priorities of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, as well as local, state, tribal and federal agencies. His previous responsibilities as an Associate Director from 2004-2007 included the development of executive education workshops, seminars and training for senior state and local officials as well as military leaders.

He served as the Director of the Emergency Management Division for the State of Washington from 1998 through 2004. In this capacity, he directed the state’s response to numerous emergencies, disasters and heightened security threat levels since his appointment by the Adjutant General and the Governor. Mr. Woodbury was the Director during the World Trade Organization disturbance in Seattle in 1999, the Nisqually Earthquake in February 2001, the TOPOFF II Exercise in 2003, the national response to the attacks of September 11th, and many other natural and manmade emergencies and disasters. During his tenure, the division received numerous awards and recognition for national and international excellence in the areas of public education, tsunami and earthquake preparedness, hazard mitigation and homeland security.

Mr. Woodbury is a Past President (2002-2003) of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), which represents all state and territorial emergency management directors in the development and advocacy of national policy, strategic and operational issues. He served as the emergency management representative to the Advanced National Seismic System Advisory Board, the Co-Chair of the Mitigation Committee, the interim Intergovernmental Relations Sub-Committee Chair to the developing National Homeland Security Consortium, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for State Homeland Security (a non-profit partnership of NEMA, the Adjutants General Association of the US, and Mitretek Systems.) He also served in a variety of capacities on many Washington State and national councils, committees, and professional organizations.

Glen Woodbury served in the US Army as a communications officer from 1985 until he began his emergency management career in the State of Washington as an operations officer in 1992. Prior to his selection as the agency’s director, he managed the state’s Emergency Operations Center for two years. He has served as an officer in the US Army Reserves and as a volunteer firefighter in East Olympia, WA.

Mr. Woodbury holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Engineering Sciences from Lafayette College in Easton, PA (1985) and a Masters of Arts Degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (2004.) He is a winner of the George C. Marshall Award, a Distinguished Military Graduate from Lafayette College and a winner of the Governor’s Distinguished Manager Award in 2003.

Faculty, Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. Rodrigo Nieto-GomezDr. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez

Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez is an assistant professor at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security
and at the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
CA. His fields of research include the geopolitical effects of Homeland Security/Defense and National Security with a regional focus on North America, border security, discourse analysis and the implications of new technologies for security and defense policies.

He has collaborated with the Center for Civil-Military Relations to teach Homeland security issues outside the United States. He has also worked as a lecturer at the Collège interarmées de Défense (CID) of the French armed forces and at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques in Paris (IRIS).

His research on Homeland Security issues has led to travel all along the US-Mexico border to interview political actors, intellectuals and authorities. In the course of his research, Dr. Nieto-Gomez has observed the geographic conditions that affect the security ecosystem of the US perimeter, gaining firsthand knowledge of every mile of this important and conflictive territory.

He has published on Homeland Security, its relation with “traditional” National Security and the implications of this policy for the security of the North American Territory. He has also published a book on the subject of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information, and maintained a regular political op-ed column from 2000-2004 in the Newspaper Pulso de San Luis. In some of his most recent work, he has focused on the relation between the accelerating pace of technology and innovation and Homeland Security and Defense policies.

He is also a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the most important peer reviewed scientific publication on Homeland Defense and Security policies.

Dr. Nieto-Gomez obtained his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in geopolitics at the Institut Francais de Geopolitique of the University of Paris, from where he also holds a Master’s degree in the same discipline. He also holds a Mexican J.D. from the State University of San Luis Potosí, specializing in international public and private law inside the NAFTA region.

His mother tongue is Spanish and he is also fluent in English and French.

Superintendent, Massachusetts State Police
Colonel Timothy P. Alben

Colonel Timothy P. Alben was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police 65th Recruit Training Troop on December 6, 1982. Upon graduation from the State Police Academy, he was assigned to Troop B in Western Massachusetts where he spent the next four years assigned to the Shelburne Falls and Northampton Barracks. In 1987, Alben was transferred to the Office of the Hampden County District Attorney where he investigated homicides, unattended deaths, child abuse, violent and white-collar crimes. In 1990, he was transferred to the Special Service Section, Organized Crime Unit where he was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant while coordinating investigations of illegal gaming, racketeering and extortion associated with the Genovese Crime Family in the Greater Springfield area for the next 13 years. Upon promotion to Captain in 2004, Alben was assigned back to the Division of Field Services and the Tactical Operations Section at General Headquarters, Framingham where he directed security and crowd control for the 2004 Democratic National Convention as well as assuming leadership in most department homeland security-related events. In 2007, Alben was promoted to Major and spent the next eight months as Deputy Division Commander of Standards and Training before returning to command the Tactical Operations Section in 2008. On January 10, 2010, Alben was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the Division of Field Services where he directed the largest State Police organizational entity, with some 1,500 uniformed troopers and 39 facilities statewide. On July 13, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Alben to the position of Colonel/Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

Colonel Alben has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University, and a Master’s Degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Colonel Alben is a graduate of the 208th Session
of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Colonel Alben resides in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts with his wife, Maryann and has three grown children - Jennifer, Caitlin and Tim Jr

Managing Director, Emergency Management Group, LLC
Mr. Robert Mahoney

Mr. Mahoney is from New York City. He received his BS and MS degrees from the State University of New York.

He joined the FBI in 1977, and was sent to Seattle, where he conducted investigations in white-collar crime and violent crimes. He also operated in an undercover capacity in organized crime. In 1980, Special Agent Mahoney was transferred to New York and was assigned to special operations, conducting covert investigations into organized crime, drugs, and terrorism. In 1982, he was designated Operations Coordinator for Special Operations as well as Command Post Coordinator. In 1985 he was promoted to FBI Headquarters in Washington as the Program Manager for all Special Operations Groups in the United States, the largest covert entity in the FBI. In 1988, he was selected by the Director to serve as Assistant Legal Attaché for Terrorism at the US Embassy, London. As such, he was significantly involved in the Pan Am 103 disaster, serving as liaison with British and American forensic efforts in victim identification. His work in London, Belfast, and Dublin was instrumental in one of the most successful terrorism investigations of technology transfer in FBI history. In 1990, he transferred to Sacramento to supervise FBI drug cases and was also named an Assistant Inspector, to conduct nationwide inspections, audits and investigations within the FBI including the review of the Ruby Ridge shootings. He was the supervisor at the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping in Lake Tahoe, and for three years he was in charge of the investigation. In 1994, he returned to New York City with Special Operations assignments, particularly with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He did onscene recovery and command post duties at the TWA 800 explosion. In 1997, he was assigned to the Administrative Division, and in 1998 was designated the Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Office.

Agent Mahoney was in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, and led an FBI search team into the site between collapses. He supervised in the crisis command and recovery center, and performed duties at the World Trade Center and Fresh Kills recovery sites for months. He retired in 2002.

Thereafter, he was a Team Leader in the USDOJ development of the WMD Terrorism Threat and Vulnerability Assessment process for critical infrastructures. He conducted risk assessments for a number of the principle transportation systems in the country.

In 2004, he joined The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, as General Manager for Security Programs. The Port Authority owns and operates the NY/NJ area airports, tunnels, bridges, container ports, bus terminal, a rail system, the World Trade Center and multiple other critical infrastructure entities. There, Mr. Mahoney managed all risk assessments, design basis threat studies, threat mitigation measures, contracts, and projects throughout the Port Authority. In 2006 he completed an assignment to the Governor’s Office as a member of the Lower Manhattan Counterterrorism Advisory Team, where he managed the writing of the Master Security Plan for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and its association with the Lower Manhattan environs. He retired from the Port Authority in 2007.

Mr. Mahoney is certified as a NYS Educator, a SAVE Law Instructor in school safety, and a TSA Airport Security Screener Instructor. He has been a member of the NYC Fire Department Fire Emergency Bureau – Civil Defense, an EMT, an EMT Instructor, and Commanding Officer of a Rescue Squad. He is a current or former member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, the American Society for Industrial Security, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the Security Analysis and Risk Management Association, and the Fire Bell Club of New York. His professional certificates include the FBI Executive Development Institute I and II; the Army Corps of Engineers Security Engineering Program; FEMA ICS 200/300/and 400; and the Harvard University JFK School of Government Leadership in Crises Program. He attended the NYC Fire Department Battalion Chief Command Course and the New Scotland Yard Serious Crimes Branch, Surveillance Course. He has a MA Degree in National Security Studies, with a focus on Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He authored an article in the September 2010 edition of the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, “Threat Based Response Patterns for Emergency Services.” His work has also been published in Firehouse Magazine. In 2013, he was requested, and appeared before the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission concerning school safety and emergency planning.

Mahoney has given a number of presentations and participated in panel discussions on terrorism and security matters in the corporate, governmental, and academic arenas, and has provided commentary for the national media.

Mr. Mahoney is the Executive Director of the Emergency Management Group LLC.

Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan was born in England and studied archaeology at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum, Zambia, from 1959-1965. During six years in Zambia and one in East Africa, he was deeply involved in fieldwork on multidisciplinary African history and in monuments conservation. He came to the United States in 1966 and was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2004, when he became Emeritus.

Since coming to Santa Barbara, Brian has specialized in communicating archaeology and the past to general audiences through lecturing, writing, and other media. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeological and historical writers and is a much-in-demand popular lecturer about the past all over the world. His many books include three volumes for the National Geographic Society, including the bestselling Adventure of Archaeology. Other works include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of archaeologists and tourists along the Nile, and four books on ancient climate change and human societies, Floods, Famines, and Emperors (on El Niños), The Little Ice Age, and The Long Summer, an account of warming and humanity since the Great Ice Age. The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, a New York Times bestseller, describes the Medieval Warm Period of 1,000 years ago. His other books include Chaco Canyon: Archaeologists Explore the Lives of an Ancient Society and Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World and Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age gave birth to the First Modern Humans. Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind (2011) extends his climatic research to the most vital of all resources for humanity. Beyond the Blue Horizon, a book about ancient seafaring, appeared in June 2012. The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels will appear in June 2013.

Brian has been sailing since he was eight years old and learned his cruising in the English Channel and North Sea. He has sailed thousands of miles in European waters, across the Atlantic, and in the Pacific. He is author of the Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California, which has been a widely used set of sailing directions since 1979. An ardent bicyclist, he lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Lesley and daughter Ana.

Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg is one of America's leading voices—a social scientist whose work examines cities, culture, media, and politics. His book, Going Solo, about the rise of living alone, is one of the top ideas of the year. In his talks, he discusses the broad implications of this new trend toward solo living as it affects, disrupts, and creates new opportunities in various industries.

Eric Klinenberg's broad, sweeping ideas straddle multiple disciplines, tracing how different elements of society interact to create the human experience and why, for the first time in human history, people are choosing to live alone. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, explores why people throughout the world are choosing to live on their own. In a recent TIME Magazine cover story, Going Solo was featured as the #1 Idea That is Changing Your Life. On stage, Klinenberg explains how this seismic shift in lifestyle has transformed our personal lives, our families, our cities, and our economy, and argues that solo living is the biggest social change we've failed to name or identify.

Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture and Communications at New York University. He is the author of three acclaimed books: Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago; Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media; and Going Solo. In addition to his books and scholarly articles, he has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and the radio program This American Life.

Rocco Casagrande

Dr. Rocco Casagrande is the Managing Director of Gryphon Scientific, LLC. His projects at Gryphon Scientific focus on bringing rigorous scientific analysis to problems of homeland defense. He currently serves on several committees focused on preparedness policy, including, the Executive Steering Committee on Medical Decision Making with Scarce Resources following a Nuclear Detonation, the Radiological/Nuclear Integrated Program Team, the Blood and Tissue Working Group, the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Coordination Working Group for Improvised Nuclear Devices and the Anthrax Modeling Working Group. Over the past several years, Dr. Casagrande has led several projects related to weapons of mass destruction and science policy for various federal and state agencies. These projects include WMD threat and risk assessments and biodefense system evaluations for the Department of Homeland Security, technology assessment for the FBI and Multistate Partnership for Security in Agriculture, modeling for the Department of Health and Human Services and technical guidance for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and non-profit research institutes (like Georgetown University, MIT and the Institute for Defense Analysis).

From December 2002 to March 2003, Dr. Casagrande served as an UNMOVIC biological weapons inspector in Iraq where he obtained hands-on experience with chemical and biological agents. In Iraq, Dr. Casagrande acted as the chief of the UN biological analysis laboratory. Prior to working for UNMOVIC, Dr. Casagrande led a team of biologists and engineers to test and develop real-time detectors for biological agents while working as a scientist at a Boston-based biotechnology firm.

Dr. Casagrande holds a B.A. in chemistry and a B.A. in biology from Cornell University where he graduated magna cum laude and a Ph.D. in experimental biology from MIT. During his academic career, Dr. Casagrande published several articles on his novel research in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry and he holds three patents on inventions in the field of drug discovery.

Thomas E. Drabek

Thomas E. Drabek completed his graduate education at The Ohio State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1965. During his last two years at OSU he was a full-time staff member of the Disaster Research Center. He is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. He was a faculty member there from 1965 to 2004. He was department chair (1974-1979 and 1985-1987). Upon his retirement in 2004, he was awarded Emeritus status and continues his research on a part-time basis. In 1993, he was awarded a John Evans Professorship which continues to provide modest funding for his research. His research has examined group and organizational responses to large-scale disasters.

Recently, CRC Press (Boca Raton, FL) published the second edition of his latest book The Human Side of Disaster (2013). He has authored or co-authored over 100 book chapters and journal articles and 28 other books including The Human Side of Disaster (2010); Strategies for Coordinating Disaster Responses (2003); Disaster-Induced Employee Evacuation (1999); Disaster Evacuation Behavior: Tourists and Other Transients (1996); Disaster Evacuation in the Tourist Industry (1994); Microcomputers in Emergency Management: Implementation of Computer Technology (1991); Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government (1991, co-edited with Gerard J. Hoetmer); Emergency Management: Strategies for Maintaining Organizational Integrity (1990); The Professional Emergency Manager: Structures and Strategies for Success (1987); and Human System Responses to Disaster: An Inventory of Sociological Findings (1986). He served as the co-editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (1986-1990) and was elected President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Disasters (1990-1994). He prepared four Instructor Guides for the Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency: Sociology of Disaster (1996); The Social Dimensions of Disaster (1996); Emergency Management Principles and Application for Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management Industries (2000, co-authored with Chuck Y. Gee); and Social Dimensions of Disaster, 2nd ed. (2004). In August, 2007 he was the third recipient of The E.L. Quarantelli Award for Contributions to Social Science Disaster Theory by the International Research Committee on Disasters. In June, 2008, he received the first Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education. He frequently lectured at academic and emergency management workshops and conventions throughout the U.S.A. and in such other places as Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal, Canada; Mt. Macedon, Canberra and Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Geneva, Switzerland; Messina, Italy, Bielefeld, Germany; London, England and Bangkok, Thailand.

Since his retirement from the University of Denver in 2004, Dr. Drabek has maintained his disaster research program on a part-time basis. With the assistance of his wife and research collaborator, Ruth Ann, he has continued to lecture at conferences, to both researchers and practitioners, publish his research, and assist others through frequent manuscript reviews. In his position as Emeritus Professor, he returned to the classroom at DU in 2007, 2008, and 2011 where he again offered his course “Community Response to Natural Disasters.”