Donald Bathurst, Chair (Homeland Security)
Donald Bathurst is the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security.
He previously served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, and was responsible for delivery of a wide variety of engineering and logistical mission support across all parts of the department. These functions included real estate management, property accountability, mobile fleet management, occupational safety and health, energy and environmental management, environmental planning, historic and cultural preservation, sustainability, mail surety, records management, forms, printing, and library services.
In 2004, he served as the Director of the Office of Asset Management at DHS, and has served within FEMA as the Deputy Associate Director for Operations Support responsible for property management and disaster logistics as well as security programs and safety. He also served within FEMA as the Director of the National Dam Safety Program, coordinating the activities of 24 Federal agencies and the 50 States; as director of building sciences and public education programs in the Mitigation Directorate; and as the Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator, where he was instrumental in establishing counterterrorism training, coordinating anti-arson efforts, revitalizing fire research support and putting facility management plans in place for the National Emergency Training Center.
Prior to his service at FEMA, he spent more than 15 years at the General Services Administration where he served as the Chief Fire Protection Engineer and in a variety of other roles including Acting Director of Safety, Chief of Environmental Management, and Acting Director of Repair and Alteration.
He started his career as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician in Prince William County, VA, and Prince George's County, MD.
He has received numerous awards from within the government and the private sector, including the 1992 Arthur S. Flemming Award as one of the top five managers in Federal service and the NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year award for GSA. His contributions to risk management and fire performance estimation have been internationally recognized, most notably by the Society of Fire Protection Engineer's President's Award. He is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and has received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Administration from The American University.