Alexander Yesnik has broad experience in emergency management and national security from work at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He currently serve as Branch Chief for the National Exercise Division at FEMA, leading the implementation of the National Exercise Program to support federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and regional partners across the homeland security enterprise to conduct exercises that validate capabilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the nation. Prior to joining FEMA, he led the emergency management functions for all U.S. Attorneys’ offices nationwide, comprised of over 500 offices in 280 cities.
Mr. Yesnik received undergraduate degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis; master’s degree in U.S. national security policy from the Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, while serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the National Security Law Journal; and a Certificate in Public Leadership from Brookings Executive Education, a partnership of the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis. He is recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).