Samantha Phillips

Expert in emergency management and leader of the National Center for Security and Preparedness

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Samantha Phillips

Public Service Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Emergency management, crisis communication, preparedness, recovery and resilience, executive leadership, training and development

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Samantha Phillips is the Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) and Public Service Professor at the University of Albany. NCSP works in partnership with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop and deliver high-quality, interdisciplinary training to first responders.

Phillips is the immediate past Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia. During her tenure in Philadelphia, Phillips reorganized OEM to improve capacity, refocused the agency’s attention on strategic planning, and concentrates on the operational integrity and implementation of citywide planning efforts. Phillips was integral in the City’s response to several citywide emergencies, many of which received Presidential Disaster Declarations, including Superstorm Sandy (2012), Hurricane Irene (2011), and Tropical Storm Lee (2011), major snow storms, record flooding events, and the fatal Amtrak 188 derailment (2015). She is also responsible for public safety coordination for major special events and served in a leadership capacity for the visit of Pope Francis in September 2015 and the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Phillips has a Bachelor of Science from American University, a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, and a Master in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.