Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sean M. Griffin is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Disaster Tech, a public benefit corporation that builds technology to analyze, visualize, and communicate risk, on a mission to accelerate decision making for saving lives, protecting the environment, and reducing risk to communities and critical infrastructure. Prior to launching a successful company, Mr. Griffin served in the Federal government for 13 years, which included service as Director for Incident Management Integration Policy at the White House National Security Council (NSC) for President Obama and President Trump.
At the White House, Mr. Griffin led the Executive Office of the President and interagency policy coordination for major disasters and incidents, to include the 2016 Louisiana floods, multiple wildfires (including facilitating Fire Management Assistance Grants), and Hurricane Matthew. Mr. Griffin was considered by his colleagues an effective meeting facilitator and negotiator during time-critical and challenging policy deliberations and decisions. Mr. Griffin is published on the whitehouse.gov blog where he provided valuable information to update American citizens on disaster response efforts, individual preparedness, and how to apply for Federal assistance as well as contribute to recovery efforts through donations and volunteering.
Within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Sean managed the DOE state energy assurance and exercise programs. Mr. Griffin directed and facilitated DOE’s largest ever energy disaster exercise series, Clear Path, examining energy sector and cross-sector disaster response and recovery. Mr. Griffin was instrumental in coordinating power restoration efforts during the 2017 hurricane season for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, receiving the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award for these efforts. Mr. Griffin was also the Senior Manager for Policy and Coordination at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, representing the organization on Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) groups on energy security policy, plans, and exercises, to include developing the Tri-Sector Playbook with electric, financial services, and communication sectors.
Technology is not the problem in providing humanitarians and first responders sophisticated data science tools and advanced models; governance is the problem. Our team is removing barriers to those who serve by providing the most advanced technologies for making the best decision to save lives and protect communities. Those serving the most vulnerable deserve and require the best tools to support risk mitigation and life saving decision-making.
Mr. Griffin also led emergency management, training, and exercise programs at the U.S. Department of State, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and National Institutes of Health. Mr. Griffin is also an active duty veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Griffin volunteered his time to Chair the Federal Sector Emergency Managers Caucus for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and is a leading member of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelors in Nuclear Engineering Technology.