[photo, Russell J. Strickland, Secretary of Emergency Management] RUSSELL J. STRICKLAND, Secretary of Emergency Management

Secretary of Emergency Management since February 10, 2022 (Acting Secretary of Emergency Management, Oct. 1, 2021 to Feb. 10, 2022). Executive Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, 2015-21.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2021-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2021-. Co-Chair, Maryland Food System Resiliency Council, 2021-. Member, Maryland Cybersecurity Council, 2021-; Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council, 2021-; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2021-; Law Enforcement Coordinating Council, 2021-; National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council, 2021-; Council on Open Data, 2021-. Member, Work Group to Study the Establishment of a State Disaster Relief Fund, 2022-23.

Former Assistant Director, Field Programs Division, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland College Park.

Former Senior Law and Policy Analyst, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security.

Former Director of Emergency Services, Harford County.

Born in Elkton, Maryland, February 10, 1954. Attended Elkton High School, Elkton, Maryland; University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (criminology), 1975; Frostburg State College, M.S. (management), 1987.

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