John Copenhaver

Senior Advisor

Throughout his decorated career, Mr. Copenhaver has been a Senior Advisor for the The Business Continuity Institute, a member of the U.S. Chamber National Security Task Force, the FEMA National Advisory Council Private Sector, and was the Former Senior Vice President of Marsh Risk Consulting and Former CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Mr. Copenhaver has provided on-scene assistance to the governments of El Salvador and Peru after 2001 earthquakes, and provided on-scene assistance to the City of New York in the 9/11 response and recovery efforts.

He was the Regional Directorof FEMA, appointed by President Clinton to head largest FEMA regional office in 1997. He also directed the Federal government response to 58 Presidentially-declared disasters. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board, a Senior Advisor to the IBM International Crisis Response Team, and was the former Director of Business Continuity Services at BellSouth Corp.  

He was appointed to the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Law Board ofVisitors from 2002-2005, the UGA Law School Capital Campaign Committee, the CEM Commission of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Emergency Management.

He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Disaster Resource Guide.

Mr. Copenhaver has his JD from University of Georgia School of Law and his ScB from Brown University. Mr. Copenhaver is also a Certified Member at the Business Continuity Institute and a Member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.