Frances Edwards

Frances Edwards


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MPA Director & Professor
Ph.D. New York University

Office Hours: M 4:00-5:30PM

                    T 4:00-5:30PM

Office: Clark Hall 447
Phone: 408-924-5559 (only during office hours - NO MESSAGES PLEASE)
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Frances L. Edwards, M.U.P., Ph.D., CEM, is professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San Jose State University. She is also Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center of Excellence at the Mineta Transportation Institute of the College of Business. She has a master's degree in international relations, a master of urban planning and a PhD in Public Administration. She is a Certified Emergency Manager with over 20 years experience as a director of emergency services in California, including fourteen years in the City of San Jose and eight years in Irvine. For eighteen months she was acting assistant fire chief in the San Jose Fire Department. She has served as Budget Analyst for the Irvine, California Police Department and Assistant to the City Manager in Florham Park, New Jersey. Her most recent journal article is “Effective Disaster Response in Cross Border Events” in the Journal of Contingency and Crisis Management. Her most recent publication is the Forum on Climate Change for The Public Manager. She is co-author with Friedrich Steinhausler of two books on terrorism in the NATO Science Series, and is co-author with Dan Goodrich of a chapter in the ICMA Green Book Emergency Management, as well as co-authoring six major publications for MTI, and chapters in professional books and over 30 articles. She is also the US Chair for the European Union's CAST project, creating a common curriculum for disaster response training for first responders. She provides ICS/SEMS/NIMS and Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan writing, review and training for Caltrans. She has been Director of the San Jose Metropolitan Medical Task Force and the San Jose Urban Area Security Initiative, and a commissioner on the California Seismic Safety Commission. Among her honors are Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year 2002, San Jose Magazine's Power 100, and the Devoted Service Award Class A from the San Jose Fire Department.