Adam Sutkus, Interim Executive Director
Adam Sutkus brings over 30 years of public policy and program management to the Center, specializing in Emergency Services and Homeland Security expertise. As coordinator for the Center’s portfolio of emergency management and homeland security, Mr. Sutkus assists government agencies and key stakeholder groups to design, develop, and implement an array of public safety initiatives and programs that have increased exponentially since the events of 9/11. Since September 2015, Mr. Sutkus is the Center’s Interim Executive Director.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Sutkus held key program management and policy positions throughout government, including special appointments under three Governors. Early in his career, he served as a congressional aide in Washington, D.C., concentrating on environmental and disaster management issues. In 1987, Adam was selected nationally as a Presidential Management Fellow, and held positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and on Capitol Hill. In California, Adam has served as Executive Director of the State’s Recycling Advisory Committee in the Dept. of Conservation; as Dept. of Fish and Game’s liaison for oil spill emergency response and policy; and as Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Sutkus participated in State Operations Center disaster response efforts for numerous emergencies, including fires, floods, airline crashes, power shortages, earthquakes, and terrorist threats. In 2002, he was appointed as the first statewide director of CA’s Citizen Corps program for community-based homeland security and emergency services within the office of the Governor.
Mr. Sutkus’ previous stakeholder-based collaborative efforts have included mediating jurisdictional issues for oil spill emergencies; negotiating utility industry integration into disaster response; facilitating plans for federal agency integration into California’s State Operations Center; mediating policy issues among volunteer response organizations (including Emergency Function 17); and designing/facilitating development of California’s first coastal zone hazardous materials plan.
Recent projects include facilitating mass care and shelter planning for three Los Angeles county cities and facilitating a regional mass care workshop; Emergency Function 8—facilitating public health and medical issues at the state agency level; evacuation planning for the access and functional needs community; statewide planning for animals in emergency through Emergency Function 11; multi-agency interoperability communications planning; designing an organizational system for medical volunteers in bioterrorism events; and helping state and local agencies meet federal homeland security mandates within California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).