Jeff Robertson Accepts Appointment to Firestorm Expert Council
For Immediate Release
May 11, 2012
Firestorm announced today that Jeffery Robertson has accepted appointment to the Firestorm Expert Council.
The Firestorm Expert Council™ is an advisory group made up of specialists from various disciplines, professions and industries. The Expert Council is designed to bring subject matter knowledge and expertise to Firestorm and its clients. The members of the Expert Council lend credibility and skills to the work which Firestorm performs, both through their direct involvement and the weight of their reputations.
Said Firestorm President and COO Jim Satterfield:
“Jeff brings extensive experience to our clients in the areas of crisis communication, maritime and border security, incident management, media and government relations, and business development. Jeff’s C-Suite and Board level experience in Security and Intelligence, specifically in the areas of operations, intelligence, and public affairs, brings great subject matter expertise to our already robust Expert Council.”
Jeff is a consultant and Principal at Catalyst Partners LLC – a government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, DC, that provides high-caliber services and high-touch attention to a broad range of clients.
Mr. Robertson has extensive experience with the Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community and commercial media.
He has more than 27 years of experience with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, serving in operations, intelligence, and public affairs roles.
From 2007-2009, Robertson served as the Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency in the Department of Homeland Security. In this position, he served as the principal communications executive for the federal law enforcement agency, leading day-to-day and strategic communication for CBP’s portfolio of responsibilities, which includes the Border Patrol, Field Operations, Air and Marine Operations, and Trade regulation. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2005.
Prior to joining Catalyst Maritime, he served as the Outreach Director for the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSI). HSI is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) established to provide independent studies and analysis on homeland security issues for DHS and other government entities within the homeland security enterprise.
He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida, the Advisory Board for the Center for Defense and Homeland security at UNC-Fayetteville State University, on several maritime and border security advisory panels and working groups, and on the Board of Directors for a non-profit charitable organization in northern Virginia. Robertson has served in industry as a Vice President, Communication Director, and consultant.
A native of Oak Level, Virginia, Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s of Science degree from the National Military Intelligence College, and is a graduate of the Defense Information School. Jeff and his wife, Phyllis, have three adult sons and live in northern Virginia.
About the Firestorm Expert Council
Firestorm’s team of experts, each providing an independent perspective, will produce faster, more accurate results. Firestorm’s methodology and Council members generate unique insights and assist our clients in developing the best solutions to their complex problems.
The Expert Council also has an integral role in Firestorm’s Trusted Advisor’s™ program. Through its strategic relationships with major law firms, professional services companies, consultants, educational foundations and associations, Firestorm holds seminars, workshops, presentations, training sessions and other forums to promote a culture of preparedness.
Expert Council members, selected on the basis of expertise, routinely appear with Firestorm principals and experts on topics related to continuity planning and disaster preparedness.
Firestorm Solutions is a recognized leader in business continuity, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation and crisis management. Staffed by attorneys, engineers, physicians, law enforcement professionals, psychologists and many other talented individuals, we work directly with our Expert Council on behalf of our clients. Firestorm maintains a network of offices in California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Washington DC, Virginia, and Wisconsin to be responsive and accessible to our international roster of clients.
It is the breadth and depth of our human capital that distinguishes Firestorm from other consulting firms.