Monica Giovachino
Center Director
Center Chief Scientist


Monica Giovachino has been with CNA since 1994 and serves as a Managing Director in CNA's Safety and Security division. She is responsible for CNA's domestic preparedness portfolio, which includes projects and studies for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, as well as local and state agencies and private sector organizations. This work spans all mission areas (prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery) and addresses all threats and hazards, including natural disasters, human and animal disease outbreaks, accidents, and terrorist events.

Giovachino has extensive experience in the analysis of complex operations during real-world events and exercises. She has led after-action reviews of a variety of incidents, including Hurricane Katrina (2005), the H1N1 pandemic (2009), the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (2013), the smoke and electrical arcing accident in the Washington, D.C., Metro (2014), and the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA (2017). Ms. Giovachino has also supported or led the design and evaluation of more than 300 exercises, including Cabinet-level exercises involving the President.

Giovachino has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the George Washington University. She is also a certified project management professional.


September 7, 2017

CNA releases the ninth episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. Monica Giovachino moderates as Jason McNamara and Dawn Thomas share perspectives gathered from years of experience working at FEMA and studying disaster response. Listen to this episode.

June 12, 2017

CNA releases the seventh episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. CNA's Tim Beres, David Kaufman, Monica Giovachino, and Jason McNamara discuss CNA Safety and Security's work on homeland security, domestic preparedness, and emergency management over the last two decades.