Assistant Director for Response
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Danjel serves as the Assistant Director for Response for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) where he is responsible for CalOES’s Response programs, including Fire & Rescue, Law Enforcement, Cyber, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Hazardous Materials, Telecommunications, the State Warning Center, the State Threat Assessment Center, the State Operations Center, Response Operations and Regional Operations.
Danjel has over twenty years of experience in the public sector, including service in the armed forces, homeland security, and emergency management. Prior to his appointment as the Assistant Director, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard with the primary responsibility for coordinating and integrating defense civil support capabilities across all emergency management functions. Danjel has a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University, where he focused his research on in-extremis leadership, a MA from the University of California at Davis, and a BA from Cal Poly Pomona in addition to executive programs at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Executive Academy. Danjel serves as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s First Responder Group, charged with identifying, validating, and facilitating emerging public safety technologies and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation.
Danjel resides with his lovely bride and two daughters in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California.