With more than twenty years of experience in incident and project management, David has extensive response experience at the local, regional, and national levels and vast experience utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS). Prior to joining EMSI’s cadre, David served over 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, with three tours as a member of the Coast Guard’s prestigious National Strike Force. In his final assignment, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Strike Team, leading the specialized unit in response to oil spills, hazmat, and natural disasters, with a responsibility for all Coast Guard Districts west of the Rockies, Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Islands, and Environmental Protection Agency Regions 8, 9, and 10.
Since the start of his Coast Guard career, David has been a strong advocate for incident management. Beginning his career with the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Strike Team, he learned his profession as an environmental responder in the midst of multiple historic events, to include the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the response to the terrorist anthrax letter to Senator Daschle. Since then, David has led and served in key positions for several national-level incidents, critical to the success of numerous response efforts including his service as the Deputy Incident Commander during Hurricane SANDY in 2012 and as the Incident Commander for FEMA ESF-10 operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017 and in North Carolina in 2018.
Complementing his response experience, David also obtained extensive experience participating in national-level preparedness exercises for Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities exercises during an assignment as a Joint Maritime Operational Planner for USNORTHCOM. In this role, he additionally developed and reviewed policy documents to guide response activities. Across his twenty years of experience, he has worked extensively with the private sector, the interagency community, and Department of Defense agencies.
In addition to traditional pollution response roles, David qualified and served as a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk pilot in San Diego. In this capacity, he performed multi-mission assignments along the international border. David also deployed as a pilot to the Hurricane Katrina response in Louisiana. This firsthand aviation experience gives him a unique perspective into incident command planning involving aircraft. In addition to this first responder role, David served as the Deputy Command Center Chief for Coast Guard’s 11th District throughout California, responsible for oversight and planning of search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental response, and homeland security missions, as well as briefing senior leadership with recommended courses of actions to affect case success.
David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management from California Polytechnic University and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Management from Trident University International. He also holds Type 1 Certifications for Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).