Daniel M. Walsh
With more than 13 years of experience in homeland security, preparedness and resilience, Dan Walsh has established an excellent track record assisting diverse stakeholder groups – from senior executive teams and boards to government task forces – to build and sustain disaster-resilient communities. At Hillard Heintze, Dan is developing creative, substantive and influential risk assessment, emergency planning and training solutions for public and private sector agencies across the country.
Before joining the firm, Dan worked at Argonne National Laboratory, as an Infrastructure Analyst in the Global Security Services’ Risk and Infrastructure Sciences Division. Recently, he served as the Resiliency Assessment Lead for six U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) projects. In this capacity, Dan led data collection and analysis efforts, facilitated workshops and interviews, conducted site assessments with DHS Protective Security Advisors at critical infrastructure facilities, and produced a Resiliency Assessment final report that identified resilience enhancement options and implementation strategies to guide post-disaster critical infrastructure restoration and recovery operations. In this capacity, Dan helped organizations across the county mitigate the risks associated with earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks.
Dan co-authored the Population Shifts and Critical Infrastructure Report for DHS’s Office of Cyber and Information Analysis (OCIA) and the Aircraft/Airlines Infrastructure Assessment appendix in OCIA’s 2013 National Risk Estimate. He also served as an instructor for risk courses sponsored by DHS’s Office and Intelligence and Analysis and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to integrate and strengthen the risk assessment capabilities of fusion center analysts in New Jersey, Indiana, Vermont, and Texas. In addition, he directed Logistics and Process and Analysis Tool (LPAT) mass prophylaxis, mass vaccination, and hospital evacuation modeling projects in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida; designed, controlled and evaluated nine bioterrorism and natural disaster exercises for the City of Chicago and 11 other jurisdictions in the Chicago area; and, led preparedness planning projects using Argonne’s Synchronization Matrix software for 40 response agencies located across the country.
Previously, Dan worked for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health where his career evolved from a grant writer to the Director of Planning, Research & Development for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program. As the Director of Planning, Dan wrote and secured three U.S. Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) bioterrorism preparedness and response grants totaling over $35 million and helped the Department formally establish its Incident Command System (ICS).
Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Providence College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also successfully completed the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Public Health Leadership Program and received his Protective Critical Infrastructure Information and ICS-400 certifications.