panel-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

panel-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Panel: Public/Private Collaboration for Community Resilience


A panel presentation highlighting collaboration between public and private sectors for preparedness planning and first-hand experiences during response/recovery phases after a disaster using innovative forms of technology. Panelists will include representatives from government and healthcare providing real-world commentary along with an opportunity for Q&A from audience members.


Brandon Bond, a Certified Business Continuity Professional is the Director of the Office of Emergency Management for Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.   Additionally Mr. Bond is the Safety Officer on the U.S. Public Health Services, Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team.  He responded to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Katrina and Rita. Additionally Mr. Bond participated in Tsunami relief efforts on the southern coast of Sri Lanka as well as many state and local responses. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences on business continuity and emergency management and has been published in the Disaster Recovery Journal as well as the International Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Management.  Mr. Bond was the recipient of the 2005 Private & Public Business Inc. Best Practices Award and has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security for outstanding achievement in delivery of First Responder Weapons of Mass Destruction training. Mr. Bond currently serves on the National Disaster Medical System’s ESF 8 Force Protection, Safety and Health work group and the U.S. Health and Human Services, Public Health and Healthcare Information Sharing working group. Outside of his professional activities Mr. Bond is a volunteer K-9 handler with San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue unit and the California Rescue Dog Association. 

Michael Cummings currently serves as the Private Sector Liaison within the Office of the Regional Administrator under the External Affairs Division with FEMA Region IX. Region IX includes Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. In this role, Mr. Cummings works closely with the other private sector liaisons in the other nine FEMA regions and FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC to unify the agency’s growing partnerships with the many facets of the private sector. His primary role within Region IX is to promote Collaboration, Communication and Coordination in support of local and state public/private sector integration before, during and after a disaster. Prior to his appointment with FEMA, Mr. Cummings served as a Senior Planner and Private Sector Liaison Officer with the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management.  During this time, Mr. Cummings spearheaded many new programs including the integration, training and coordination of private sector representatives within the County’s Emergency Operations Center. Additionally, Mr. Cummings worked closely with all areas of the private sector including critical infrastructure to build resiliency and close working relationships that proved invaluable during disasters. Prior to his work with the City and County of San Francisco, he was the principal of his own consulting firm providing business continuity and disaster recovery consulting services to global clients for over two decades. It is this unique combination of successful work in both the public and private sectors that allows Mr. Cummings to offer a unique perspective and proven abilities to unify these two sectors together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards in a unified approach. Mr. Cummings was recently recognized for his continued achievements in Emergency Management as the 2012 Public Sector Manager of the Year by Business Continuity International.

Jim Turner, joined San Francisco’s DEM as Private Sector Liaison in 2011 after 15 years of private sector work tackling important issues in information technology, finance, business continuity, corporate social responsibility, and emergency management.  As a Project Manager, Strategic Communications Adviser, and Evangelist he has led cross-sector work groups to benefit Bay Area resilience as part of UASI funded planning initiatives and Fritz Institute’s BayPrep project (2007 – 2010).  Jim is considered an expert globally on whole community resilience and resource management having advised diplomats and participated in workgroups, including cross-sector and international cooperation for local disaster resilience and recovery for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and for the revising of the National Donations Management Network with FEMA.  He began his career managing professional theater and has recently joined the faculty of the University of San Francisco’s Graduate School of Business as an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Communications.  Jim, a New Orleans native, is proud to call the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area home and even prouder to be the loving husband of his beautiful wife, Tibisay.