Dr. Daniel Kaniewski has twenty years of experience in the crisis and risk management field.

Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D.

Experienced crisis, risk, and resilience professional 

From firefighter/paramedic to Presidential advisor to thought leader, Dr. Kaniewski has the skills necessary to assess risks and advise leaders during crises. 


Dr. Kaniewski advised President George W. Bush as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy.  In that capacity Daniel oversaw more than 200 Presidentially declared disasters and emergencies. Dr. Kaniewski also served as an editor of the after-action report The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned

Daniel is currently a management consulting executive at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security studies and analysis institute.  In this capacity, Dr. Kaniewski oversees infrastructure security, cybersecurity, and resilience studies.

Dr. Kaniewski also teaches graduate courses at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service as an adjunct assistant professor in the Security Studies Program.

Dr. Kaniewski established himself as a thought leader in security issues at George Washington University, where he was Assistant Vice President for Homeland Security and Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute.  Daniel was widely published and conducted numerous media interviews on a variety of security topics from disaster mitigation to federal policymaking.  Dr. Kaniewski remains a Senior Fellow with the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.

Dr. Kaniewski previously served at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, and the U.S. House of Representatives.  His first job was as a firefighter/paramedic on his local fire department. 

Dan is a term member 0f the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Kaniewski was appointed by the Mayor of Washington, DC to the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission and is an advisory board member of the Georgetown University Emergency and Disaster Management graduate program. 

Dr. Kaniewski has B.S. in Emergency Medical Services from George Washington University, an M.A. in National Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from George Washington University. 


Learn more about Daniel Kaniewski on his homeland security website or view his resume.