Applying Lessons from a National Security Career to a Passion for Community Service
Members of the Washington, DC Rotaract Club will lead our weekly meeting, inviting Dr. Michael Gresalfi to address our club. A member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's senior staff in the Washington DC area for nearly 21 years, Dr. Gresalfi provides national security-related strategic planning, policy and operations advice and assistance to federal agencies and associated national security programs, with a focus on protecting, preventing, and/or responding to attacks by weapons of mass destruction (WMD). His responsibilities include partnership strengthening between the Department of Energy-National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE-NNSA) and other US federal agencies, with respect to counterterrorism operational assets and programs. Previously, Dr. Gresalfi was senior advisor from the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Branch and the Whole Community Initiative. He engaged in strategic planning oversight during the coordination, definition and development of numerous all-hazards, catastrophic incident emergency management initiatives, to include “A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action” (December 2011) and “Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty” (January 2012). He was selected in 2012 to lead the development of the “DHS Strategy for Improving the Nation’s Response and Recovery to a Catastrophic Chemical Attack." Dr. Gresalfi is the co-author (with John Darrin) of The Rockets' Red Glare, a best-selling techno-thriller novel. He earned a PhD in Public Policy from The George Washington University and attended the Executive Level Program in National Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.