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David J. Kaufman

Vice President and Director, Safety and Security

David J. Kaufman returns to CNA as vice president and director of CNA Safety and Security (SAS) after serving in SAS as a director from 2008-2009. As vice president, Kaufman is responsible for overall executive management for the development and execution of all work in SAS, including the areas of public safety, homeland security, emergency management, and public health.

From 2009 to 2015, Kaufman served as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs. At FEMA, he provided leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support to the FEMA Administrator on a wide range of agency policies, strategy, plans, programs, and key initiatives. In particular, he led the framing of FEMA's current strategic direction; developed the agency's Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management and its supporting doctrine; established the FEMAStat performance management framework; and launched the Strategic Foresight Initiative, exploring the impacts of global trends on disaster management.

Kaufman is a former faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and has formerly served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in FEMA.

Kaufman earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.