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Phyllis Cauley is an Independent Contractor with subject matter expertise in emergency management and homeland security. She is currently working on the California Emergency Management Agency’s (Cal EMA) Alert and Warning Project; California Department of Food and Agriculture’s California Emergency Response Animal System; California Tribal Emergency Management and Homeland Security Project; and the CaliforniaVolunteers Disaster Corps Program. Previous projects for the Center include work on Cal EMA Senior Leaders Summits; California Medical Volunteers; the Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee; and the Governor’s Emergency Operations Executive Council.
Before affiliating with the Center for Collaborative Policy in July 2006, Ms. Cauley worked for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (now Cal EMA) for 26 years. She served as Preparedness Branch Manager with responsibility for the agency’s planning, radiological preparedness, hazardous materials, and geographic information system activities. In this position, Ms. Cauley oversaw the integration of the National Incident Management System with California’s Standardized Emergency Management System, the development and update of state level emergency plans and guidance documents, after action reports, and strategic plans. She also served as Interim Coastal Region Administrator responsible for coordinating emergency management activities with 16 counties.
Ms. Cauley worked in California’s state and regional Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and Joint Field Offices in a variety of positions including EOC Director and Planning/Intelligence Chief in response to the Loma Prieta, Northridge, Landers/Big Bear, and Petrolia earthquakes; 1995 and 1997 floods; Y2K; Operation Liberty Shield; Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and the 2005-2006 Winter Storms.
Ms. Cauley has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis.