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.