Paul Rhynard

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Joining our EMSI cadre in 2015, Paul retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 20 years of service, most notably as the Coast Guard’s National Deputy Chief of Media Relations. In that capacity, he served as national spokesperson for organizational initiatives, policies, and operations, including the federal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy recovery operations.

Throughout his career, Paul specialized in communications strategy and planning, issues management, crisis media relations, and disaster response and risk communication. Serving as subject matter expert, he has led communication efforts during dozens of natural and man-made disasters, communicating health and safety information to affected stakeholders via community outreach, and traditional and digital media. Paul has served as a principal spokesperson at the national level and in markets such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tampa/St Petersburg, Miami, and Washington DC, conducting hundreds of television, radio, and print interviews. Additionally, he has served as a spokesman on numerous large scale, multi-agency incidents, to include Deepwater Horizon, airline crashes (Alaska Airlines, Flight 261), hurricanes (Katrina), and threats to national security (9/11 attacks).

Continuously improving the public affairs field, Paul has advised inter-agency workgroups revising the National Response Framework’s External Affairs procedures and the August 2013 National Response Team’s Joint Information Center Model, and co-authored the public information portion of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2014 Incident Management Handbook (IMH). He is a certified instructor who has logged more than 1,000 hours delivering crisis management, media, and joint information center training to members of the U.S. national response community; the oil, gas, and cruise ship industries; and to public information officers from all branches of the U.S. armed services and 16 nations. Paul is also an Affiliate Professor of Communication at Loyola University in Maryland, presenting courses on public affairs, developing crisis and risk communication-related courseware, and serving as a guest speaker during senior level capstone public relations courses.

Paul holds certification as an ICS Type 1 Public Information Officer. He additionally has a Bachelor of Science in Media Communication from the Florida State University and a MBA in Marketing from Columbia Southern.