Michael Matthews

Risk Advisor

Specialties & Interests

Risk Advisor

Blending homeland defense & security, crisis management, physical security, emergency management, and risk management, Mike provides a holistic risk picture and mitigation options to partners including state, county, local, non-profit, and private organizations including all 16 Critical Infrastructure sectors.

Emergency Management

Emergency and crisis management experience at the local, federal, and private company environments. From small crises to significant, multi-state disasters, Mike has planned for, responded to, and recovered from emergencies.

Infrastructure & Transportation

In-depth experience and expertise in infrastructure and transportation risks that extend into public and private entities, including supply chain dependencies and interdependencies between infrastructure facilities


Mike Matthews is a Protective Security Advisor (PSA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). PSAs are senior DHS officials who are critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability/risk mitigation subject matter experts. They facilitate local field activities in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security offices as well as advise senior level state, local, and private sector officials and critical infrastructure facility owners and operators. Prior to DHS, Mike was a Regional Director of Emergency Management with the US Department of Transportation, a former FEMA Operations Planner, Department of Defense (DoD) Contractor (both overseas and in the U.S.), Deputy Sheriff, and a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). He also completed CHDS’ Pacific Executive Leadership Program. He is a registered Subject Matter Expert and research reference for the DoD Homeland Defense Information Analysis Center. Michael has been personally recognized by FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate, the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and the San Francisco Federal Executive Board. He is a published author in the Intelligence and National Security Journal.


Mike Matthews represents the ‘best in class’ for a federal agency employee. He is personally motivated to excel at everything he does, stalwart in following through on all tasks and duties, inclusive and respectful of all people, and able to easily communicate with everyone in the room from emergency responders to general officers and agency secretaries.

– Dr. Maureen McCarthy
Research Professor Earth & Ecosystem Sciences, Desert Research Institute,
Programs Director, National Security Forum


“Effective community response to health security crises, regardless of attribution, is predicated on access to warning intelligence coupled to response. The American state of Nevada’s experience with COVID is examined here to evaluate lessons learned in bridging health security warning intelligence for the novel coronavirus (COVID) pandemic directly to hospital preparedness and response. This case study is based on the findings of a workshop convened for that purpose. It shows that access to health security warning intelligence enabled avoidance of overwhelming patient demand and compromise of emergency response.”

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