Jeff Robertson

Crisis and Disaster Preparedness

Jeff Robertson 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. Specifically, he is an expert in crisis communication, maritime and border security, incident management, media and government relations, and business development.

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.