Simran Sandhu is the Associate Director at the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Simran works to identify opportunities to enhance SALUS given user feedback, evolving technology, and HSAC’s goals. Specifically, she initiates and manages the implementation strategy for SALUS, including identifying and defining use cases and workflows. She coordinates and tracks the SALUS on-boarding process by setting clear deadlines, communicating with partners and internal team members, and tracking progress on configurations. She meets with partners regularly to identify specific requirements for their SALUS implementation, including opportunities for customization. Overall, Simran provides program management support to ensure all development projects and SALUS implementation are coordinated and completed successfully.
Simran previously served as an Emergency Management Specialist at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where she assisted in developing, planning, implementing, and maintaining the university’s emergency management programs. She provided educational presentations, technical assistance, and consultation to the campus community and LMU partners on emergency management principles including preparedness, personal safety, resilience, continuity of operations, and mitigation strategies.
Additionally, Simran was a former member of the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department Intern Program, where she worked on numerous projects, including the award-winning Supply Chain Resiliency Project, a joint effort between the City of Los Angeles and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Technical Assistance Program. Simran started her career in emergency management at the Orange County Health Care Agency Health Disaster Management Division, where she assisted in the planning and development of a new Emergency Operations Plan.
Simran earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California-Irvine and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California-San Diego.