Daniel Kaniewski

public policy in Washington, DC

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Daniel Kaniewski has twenty years of experience in homeland security and emergency management with the Federal government, research institutes, academia, and as a first responder.


I am currently a Deputy Administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

I was Vice President for Global Resilience at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services.

I previously managed emergency management, infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity studies at the Department of Homeland Security’s studies and analysis Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

As an adjunct assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service I tought in the Security Studies Program.

As Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, I oversaw many important national and homeland security policies at the White House. I led interagency policy coordination efforts and chaired meetings of Assistant Secretaries from Federal departments and agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security. I also advised the President and senior White House staff during domestic incidents, including over 200 Presidentially declared disasters.

At the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, a think tank I co-founded, I was primarily responsible for managing the daily operations of the institute and overseeing the institute’s analytic products. I managed several task forces, authored numerous publications, and hosted many events. During this period I appeared dozens of times on television and commented frequently in the press on national security policy issues.

I have a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services from George Washington University, an M.A. in National Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign School, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from George Washington University.

  • Work
    • AIR Worldwide
  • Education
    • Georgetown University
    • George Washington University