University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security
As director of the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security, Michael Greenberger oversees a staff of professionals who provide consulting services in emergency management and homeland security to more than 80 governmental and institutional organizations worldwide.
As a law professor at the university’s law school, a position he has held since 2001, he has designed and taught two courses on the same subjects and developed four related crisis management courses.
Greenberg also served as administrator for a course that examined the causes of the 2015 unrest in Baltimore that followed the killing of Freddy Gray.
What makes you excited about your job?
Working on a daily basis with our talented staff of over 30 professionals, our equally talented client first responders and our highly engaged students on such cutting edge and timely topics is self-evidently exciting and engaging.
How has your organization and your work changed because of the pandemic?
We have roughly 35 contracts across the nation to train client personnel on responding effectively to catastrophic events. By March 2020, almost all of our contracts were converted to full-time pandemic response with many of our staff situated “in person” in client emergency operations centers over roughly the next 4-5 months on 12 hour shifts seven days a week. While the intensity of this work has somewhat let up, we still are devoting substantial time advising on pandemic response. Correspondingly, we have created and taught a new course entitled: The Law and Policy of Covid Response.