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Austin Anderson

Education

University of Southern California masters in Urban Planning and certificate in GIS. Hamline School of Business masters in Public Administration

Background

Originally, Austin moved from Great Falls, Montana. He then moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota and now lives in Los Angeles. Austin's interest in homeland security and emergency management stems from seeing the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007 as well as observing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. These are city planning issues that he wishes to confront, prevent, and steer in their recovery efforts. 

Career Goals

Ten years from now he hopes to be working in homeland security in the capacity of planning the recovery efforts of crisis management.


Stephen Richardson

Education

Stephen is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) in International Relations and National Security at Pepperdine University. He previously attended California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with concentrations in International Relations/ Law.

Background

Stephen served in the US Marine Corps as a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense (CBRN) specialist, participating in several largescale combined military exercises in Okinawa, South Korea and Thailand, as well as decontamination missions during Operation Tomodachi, in response to the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. He also trained in HazMat Response, and Counter Chemical Warfare.  

Immediately following his enlistment, he studied abroad in Rome in the spring of 2013 followed by months of backpacking throughout Europe.

His Military and extensive travel experience have led to realization that the public remains vulnerable in an increasingly uncertain world. Because of this, Stephen wishes to shore up security measures and enhance local response capabilities to mitigate the effects of attacks and/or disasters.

Career Goals

Attain a mid-senior position at California Governor's Office of Emergency Services


Desmian Alexander

Education

Undergraduate: Fisk University, Bachelor of Arts, English and Spanish
Graduate: University of Southern California, Master of Public Policy/Master of Planning

Background

Hometown: Florence, NJ
Personal/Professional Experiences: Watching the environmental, social, and economic effects of Hurricane Katrina drove Desmian's interest in environmentalism, disaster management, and poverty alleviation. After graduating from Fisk University, Desmian volunteered for two years with the American Red Cross in San Antonio on their Disaster Action Team. Her career experience was mostly focused on hunger and poverty, working as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and for organizations like the Texas Hunger Initiative and the San Antonio Food Bank.  Her interest in homeland security/emergency management revolves around treating climate change as the true threat to national security that it represents, and designing communities/cities with that in mind. 

Career Goals

Desmian would like to be the Chief Resilience Officer of a major US city. 


Haley Sanders

Education

Haley is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Non-Profit Sector Management at California State University, Northridge. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the UCLA, where she took courses in public health, law, and public policy relating to global terrorism. 

Background

Recently, Haley completed a term of service as an AmeriCorps Member with the American Red Cross, where she was exposed to the field of emergency management and developed a passion for the humanitarian aspect of public safety and community resiliency. In this position, she delivered key emergency preparedness programs and led disaster response teams in Los Angeles, Inyo, and Mono Counties. Previously, she worked as a Development and Outreach Intern with Human Rights Watch. 

Career Goals

Haley plans to attend law school upon the completion of her MPA.