Vice President of Operations
Devra Schwartz is Vice President of Operations at the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), where she leads programmatic efforts designed to enhance the resilience and preparedness of the Los Angeles region. Most noteworthy, Devra launched SALUS, HSAC’s crisis and event management platform, which makes powerful GIS tools available to 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. During her tenure with the City, Devra created the award-winning City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Internship Program.
Since 2000, she developed comprehensive emergency management programs, composed emergency response and recovery plans, conducted exercises, created effective emergency preparedness and cyber safety campaigns, wrote multi-year organization strategic plans, and delivered hundreds of educational sessions. To that end, Devra 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. She was featured as a speaker at the City of Los Angeles TedX in 2015.
Devra earned her Master of Science in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructure from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. 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.