Michael was the first Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness & Response after the creation of DHS while simultaneously serving as the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency He also served on the White House Transition team for DHS. While at Homeland Security he was the U.S. Representative to the NATO Civil Emergency Planning Committee and a member of the U.S.-Great Britain Working Group. He chaired delegations to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and negotiated a ten-year cooperative agreement between the U.S. and Russia.
He was originally appointed General Counsel at FEMA. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks the Senate confirmed him as FEMA Deputy Director. During his DHS/FEMA tenure, he was involved in 160 disasters ranging from the 9/11 attacks, Western U.S. wildfires, 2004 Florida hurricanes and, Hurricane Katrina.
Michael practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma and served as a special prosecutor in police disciplinary matters, negotiated manufacturing contracts in Brazil, Argentina and Peru and worked in the Oklahoma legislature on state fiscal issues. He co-founded and served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority. He has served in numerous nonprofit associations and was the first Commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association.
Michael recently co-founded a start-up, and currently consults and speaks on crisis management at universities and organizations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is a frequent speaker on issues of homeland security, disaster preparedness and crisis communications.
He is on the board of Homeland Security Television, Next of Kin Registry, and is a national security blogger at National Journal. He has written for publications such as Homeland Defense Journal and Crisis Response Journal. He is currently writing a book, Deadly Indifference, and blogs on issues of politics and homeland security at www.michaelbrowntoday.com. Michael hosts a daily talk show on News Radio
850-KOA from 7-10 pm each week. His television appearances range from Countdown with Keith Olbermann to Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business Report, and he has appeared with Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert.
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