Darrell Darnell

Affiliate Faculty
HSPH, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Darrell Darnell is an affiliate faculty member of the NPLI team. He is a homeland security and emergency management subject matter expert experienced in implementing, directing and managing homeland security, emergency preparedness, business continuity, and campus safety and security programs.

He has served in senior positions within the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security,  the White House National Security Staff, and was the first Director for the District of Columbia’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  In addition to these roles he served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security for The George Washington University.  He is a retired Master Sergeant, United States Air Force.

He has served on leading government and professional advisory councils and committees such as the Department of Homeland Security National Advisory Council, FEMA National Advisory  Council  Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee, Chairperson, District of Columbia  Homeland Security Commission, The Greater Washington Board of Trade Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Committee, and Executive Board Member, National Emergency Management Association.  Mr. Darnell has also testified before Congressional committees on homeland security and emergency preparedness issues.

Mr. Darnell has served as an adjunct professor at Prince George’s Community College, and the University of Maryland, University College-Asian Division.  He is an Affiliated Faculty member of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Education Program.

Mr. Darnell is a published author providing commentary for the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Management and other publications. He was profiled in the textbook, Contemporary Organizational Behavior: From ideas to Action, Elsbach, Kayes and Kayes, page 274-275. Pearson Education, Inc., 2016.