Senior Advisor - Transportation & Emergency Management,
Michael W. Lowder is the Principal in Michael W. Lowder & Global Associates, LLC, which is an internationally recognized consulting firm, with expertise in the Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection & Resilience, Crisis & Emergency Management, Security, Intelligence, Counterterrorism and Business Continuity fields.
Prior to his establishing his company, he served as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a highly respected member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He was designated as a National Security Professional (NSP) and as a Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator (FSIC), where he served on the Advisory Board for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Mr. Lowder served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation, and was the Department’s Emergency Coordinator, providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector. He has also been sought out by senior members of the State Department, National Security Council and the White House to provide advice and counsel on domestic and international emergency response and critical infrastructure issues.
In 2012 he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished Executive. In 2011 & 2018 he was awarded the DOT Secretary’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement. In 2015 he was selected to represent the U.S. at the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP).
Prior to coming to USDOT, Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) on numerous Presidentially declared disaster and National Security Special Events. Mr. Lowder was a senior member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and lead the Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST).
Mr. Lowder has more than 47 years of experience in the law enforcement and emergency services field, at the Federal, State and Local government levels. He was a Special Agent with the US Government, was a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as the Director of Emergency Services at the County level in North Carolina.
Mr. Lowder is an internationally sought after public speaker, having addressed conferences and training sessions worldwide. Most recently he was the Host and Moderator of the Middle East Rail Conference, held in Dubai, UAE. He has represented the U.S. government at meetings and conferences in the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Taiwan, Turkey and other countries, as well as throughout the United States. He is rostered by NATO as a Transportation and Critical Infrastructure Expert. He has represented the U.S. at NATO-RUSSIA counter- terrorism exercises in Kaliningrad, Russia and at the “Black Rain” counterterrorism exercises in the UK, as well as numerous NATO meetings.