Michael W. Lowder Director, Office of Intelligence, Security, & Emergency ResponseMichael W. Lowder serves as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security, & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Lowder is the Department’s Emergency Coordinator providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector.
Prior to this Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for policies, and procedures and for response operations in major disasters and emergency incidents, and other Incidents of National Significance. Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO).
Mr. Lowder has served as the Response and Recovery Division Director for FEMA’s Region IX, in San Francisco, California. Mr. Lowder was a member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and the Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST), and has worked on numerous disaster and emergency operations throughout the United States.
Prior to his work with FEMA, Mr. Lowder has more than 25 years of experience in the law enforcement, fire, and emergency services field in the State of North Carolina as a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as the Director of Emergency Services with Bladen County, North Carolina.
Mr. Lowder has represented the U.S government at conferences in Russia, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Turkey, as well as throughout the United States. Most recently, he represented the U.S. at a NATO-RUSSIA counter terrorism exercise in Kaliningrad, Russia. He serves on the Executive Board on the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) as well as representing the Department on National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council (HSC) policy committees and advisory groups.