Andrew Lauland is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His recent research includes the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on the nation’s critical functions and infrastructure, improving response and resilience to emergenices, the impacts of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on Puerto Rico’s municipal governments, crisis leadership, and improving response to mass shootings. Previously, he served as the Director of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) for the State of Maryland from 2007 to 2015.
Lauland was responsible for the development and implementation of Maryland’s strategic plan for homeland security and “Homeland Security Stat” an objective, data-driven performance management system. He has extensive experience in public safety technology; law enforcement; homegrown violent extremism; intelligence, information sharing and situational awareness; critical infrastructure and transportation security; biosurveillance and public health preparedness; emergency management, disaster planning and response; specialized response (HazMat, tactical, and EOD); National Guard and Defense Support to Civil Authorities; and design/reform of fusion centers and emergency operations centers.
From 2002 to 2007 Lauland served as Homeland Security Advisor for the Mayor of Baltimore and Deputy Director of CitiStat, Baltimore’s data-driven performance management program. In 2005 Lauland deployed with 150 Baltimore City police officers, firefighters and public works personnel to Louisiana for a ten-day mission following Hurricane Katrina to provide direct assistance to first responders, including search and rescue operations and restoration of government.
He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Kennedy School of Government.