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Senior Manager, Disaster Management, Business Civic Leadership Center
Gerald McSwiggan oversees BCLC's disaster assistance and recovery capabilities. Under his leadership, BCLC's disaster portfolio provides best-practice recovery information for businesses and communities, as well as critical on-the-ground support during times of disasters. He organizes BCLC's Disaster Corporate Aid Tracker and the popular cross-sector disaster events, leads on-the-ground recovery delegations, and creates information exchanges so lessons learned from previous disasters are remembered.
Gerald has managed BCLC's response to disasters including the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, multiple hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean coastal regions, flooding in Pakistan and parts of the United States, tornadoes and wildfires in the United States, and more. He also directs the activities of BCLC's National Disaster Help Desk for Business, made possible by the Office Depot Foundation and staffed by disaster expert Ines Pearce.
Gerald previously served as Federal Programs Coordinator in the Washington, D.C. Federal Affairs Office of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and helped lead the transition to current Governor Charlie Crist. Prior to working for the State of Florida, he worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma.
Gerald holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.