Devra Schwartz is the Vice President of Operations at the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where she leads programmatic efforts designed to enhance the resilience and preparedness of the Los Angeles region.
Devra Schwartz is the Vice President of Operations at the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where she leads programmatic efforts designed to enhance the resilience and preparedness of the Los Angeles region. Most noteworthy, Devralaunched SALUS, HSAC’s crisis and event management platform, which puts the power of GIS into the hands of crisis managers, policy makers and first responders. Devra previously served as the Assistant Chief of Emergency Management and Administration at Loyola Marymount University and as an Emergency Management Coordinator at the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department. Additionally, Devra has dedicated nine years of her career to launching online platforms and safety-related education programs in the crisis management and education sectors. She has extensive experience consulting for and collaborating with all levels of government, non-profit organizations, private sector companies, K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Devra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Science in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructure at the University of Washington, Seattle. She earned certificates from the Harvard Executive Leadership Program in Leadership in Crisis for Higher Education, Texas A & M Education and Extension Services in Enhanced Incident Command and Wellesley Higher Education Resource Services in Leadership.
The VP of Operations at the Los Angeles Homeland Security Council explains how a data-driven tool they created for the City and County of L.A. changed her community's ability to respond in emergency situations and redefined its crisis management systems — across the utilities, police, fire and other vital government departments. She tells the stories of accelerated resilience and security across various community groups and shares her lessons and resources for Hawaii and other areas in need.