Daniel Kaniewski is a risk management and resilience leader

Daniel Kaniewski has been developing and executing risk management and resilience strategies and programs for over twenty years. Dan has a unique blend of policy and operational experience. This includes serving as a FEMA deputy administrator, Presidential advisor, management consulting executive, university administrator and faculty member, and first responder. He was the second ranking official at FEMA and a senior advisor at the White House during major crises and is a trusted security expert to numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

This site provides information about Dan’s background, including his biography, publications, and media.

Daniel Kaniewski, PhD

is Managing Director, Public Sector at Marsh McLennan. He was previously Deputy Administrator for Resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also previously served in the White House, as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.

Recent Publications

Americans look to the government for help in their time of need. But the scale of the coronavirus pandemic demands more than what government alone can deliver. Everyone has a role to play.

Daniel Kaniewski

A 'Whole of America' response

With every passing day, it’s becoming clear that the coronavirus epidemic is not just a health emergency but instead has the potential to become a major disaster. And that means it might be time to turn to the nation’s disaster response agency to assist.”

Daniel Kaniewski

Coronavirus is a disaster. Why hasn’t FEMA been brought in?

“The devastating Texas blizzard was a catastrophic and rare event. In emergency management parlance, these are “low-probability, high-consequence events.” But note: They are not zero probability. There’s always a chance of these disasters occurring, and thus, individuals, communities and governments must be always focused on disaster resilience to ensure the impacts of potential disasters are minimized.”

Daniel Kaniewski

When a 100-Year Disaster Strikes

A barrage of hurricanes battered the U.S. this year, resulting in hundreds of lives lost and tens of billions of dollars in damage. Thankfully, hurricane season ends today, but even as one disaster season draws to a close, another even more deadly threat persists. With already over 265,000 deaths and an economic impact of many trillions of dollars, coronavirus infection rates are on the rise again and the disease is as contagious as ever. While a vaccine for this particular virus is on the horizon, we must take actions now to protect ourselves from the staggering economic consequences of future pandemics.

Daniel Kaniewski

Building financial resilience for pandemics


Today Daniel Kaniewski leverages his policy and operational experience at Marsh and McLennan Companies. Dr. Kaniewski previously served as a FEMA deputy administrator and contributed thought leadership on topical issues at think tanks. He has taught at George Washington University and Georgetown University. Dan advised President George W. Bush. He began as a first responder.


Daniel Kaniewski has an extensive record of media interviews. His interviews include national television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, C-SPAN), major newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today) and radio (NPR). He primarily conducted these interviews during his time at the Homeland Security Policy Institute.


Daniel Kaniewski’s publications include op-eds, task force reports, and think tank papers. He affiliations with several leading policy institutions and nongovernmental organizations.

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