Frances L. Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM, is professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San José State University. She is also Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute of the College of Business. A Certified Emergency Manager with over 20 years experience as a director of emergency services in California, she has served as acting assistant fire chief for the San José Fire Department, as Budget Analyst for the Irvine, California Police Department, and as Assistant to the City Manager in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Dr. Edwards’s most recent peer reviewed journal article, “Effective Disaster Response in Cross Border Events,” was published in the Journal of Contingency and Crisis Management. She is a co-author with Dan Goodrich of Introduction to Transportation Security and of a chapter in the ICMA Green Book Emergency Management, and with Friedrich Steinhausler of two books on terrorism in the NATO Science Series. She has also co-authored nine major publications for MTI, numerous chapters in professional books, and over 30 articles.
As the U.S. Chair for the European Union's CAST project, she has created 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 José Metropolitan Medical Task Force and the San José Urban Area Security Initiative, and a commissioner on the California Seismic Safety Commission. Her honors include Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year 2002, San José Magazine's Power 100, College of Social Sciences Austen D. Warburton Award of Merit, and the Devoted Service Award Class A from the San José Fire Department.
Dr. Edwards holds Master's degrees in international relations and urban planning and a PhD in Public Administration.