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Andrew Velasquez III is Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V. He coordinates preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

Prior to serving as IEMA Director, Mr. Velasquez was Executive Director of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). As a member of Mayor's cabinet, he directed the city's homeland security, emergency management, 911 police and fire emergency dispatch operations, and traffic management services. Before his appointment as OEMC Executive Director, Mr. Velasquez served the Chicago Police Department in various capacities for more than 10 years.  A native of Chicago, Mr. Velasquez was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 6 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and received a Master of Business Administration in Management from Saint Xavier University. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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