John Copenhaver

John Copenhaver is a consultant and serves as the Director of Response and Recovery Services for the firm of WorleyParsons. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Business Continuity Institute and has been a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) since 1993, and a member of the Business Continuity Instutite (MBCI) since 2010. Previously, Copenhaver has served in a number of senior executive roles, including a Presidential appointee to FEMA, Chairman of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board from 2000 to 2001, and President and CEO of the DRI International. He has enjoyed an illustrious array of appointments throughout his career including:

  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Emergency Management, March 2010-Present
  • Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness, 2004-Present
  • Capital Campaign Committee of the University of Georgia School of Law in October, 2004-Present
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, 2007- 2010
  • FEMA National Advisory Council Private Sector Subcommittee, 2008- 2010
  • Who’s Who In America since 2004, Who’s Who in the World since 2005
  • Principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, Washington, D.C., 2003-2008
  • University of Georgia School of Law, Board of Visitors in June, 2002-2005

Copenhaver is a widely sought after speaker on disaster preparedness and response and has spoken to audiences in eight countries. He is also frequently called upon by national media outlets to provide expert commentary to ABC-TV, NBC-TV, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. Copenhaver is also the co-author of “Jane’s Citizen Safety Guide,” an industry standard among emergency preparedness professionals. He recently spoke at the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, Canada in June, 2011.

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