Former FEMA Regional Administrator and Chicago-Area Aviation Executive Joins IEM
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Longtime safety and security expert will oversee major metropolitan emergency management and homeland security services
"Andrew is a proven leader who will contribute to IEM's efforts to address complex challenges that large cities face," said IEM's
Velasquez joins IEM as the firm expands its focus on providing the resources and tools for strategic planning, program management, and safety, security and resiliency initiatives for major metropolitan areas.
"I look forward to providing the partnership and resources to help decision makers protect those who live, work, or visit these busy centers of activity," said Velasquez, who has over 30 years of experience. "I am excited to apply what I have learned throughout my career in emergency management, homeland security, law enforcement, and aviation to further the goals and mission of IEM and our clients."
Most recently, Velasquez served as the First Deputy Aviation Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) where he oversaw administrative and operational functions of
Previously, Velasquez was CDA's Managing Deputy Commissioner of Safety and Security and led airport security operations to ensure safe travel for more than 100 million passengers each year.
Prior to working for the CDA, Velasquez served as the presidentially appointed Regional Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
Velasquez has held state and city cabinet-level positions including
Velasquez earned an M.S. in criminal justice from Illinois State University and an MBA in management from Saint Xavier University. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve and completed the Naval Postgraduate School's Executive Leadership programs in Homeland Defense and Security and Radiological Emergency Preparedness.
IEM is a global crisis and disaster management consulting firm dedicated to building a safe, secure, and resilient world. Founded in 1985, IEM is the largest woman- and minority-owned firm in the world focused on providing services and expertise across the emergency management cycle — from preparedness and mitigation to response and recovery. We integrate science, technology, and real-world experience to provide our customers with innovative solutions and outcomes that matter. For information, visit www.iem.com.
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