Frances Edwards

Frances Edwards

City Government, City Finance, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Cultural Competency, Public Policy, International Relations, Transportation Policy



San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0119

PhD, New York University
MUP, New York University
M.A., Drew University

Frances Edwards CV [pdf]

Frannie Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM is the Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), and a professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San Jose State University. She is the editor or co-author of four books, including Introduction to Transportation Security with Dan Goodrich, 16 reports for MTI and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is also co-editor of special issues on the COVID-19 pandemic in International Journal of Public Administration and Public Organization Review. In her applied emergency management research, she focuses on transportation issues, supply chain surface transportation security, cultural competency, social media in emergencies and community preparedness for all hazards, most recently on wildland fires. She is a Certified Emergency Manager with 20 years’ experience, including 14 years as Director of Emergency Preparedness for the City of San Jose, overseeing the Metropolitan Medical Task Force and the Urban Area Security Initiative, and served as acting assistant fire chief. She is a FEMA credentialed instructor for the Incident Command System courses, a California Specialized Training Institute Outreach Instructor for the emergency management and emergency operations center courses, and has worked with Caltrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on emergency preparedness, continuity of operations and security issues.