Chris Geldart, former director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), is back in DC government. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today that Geldart will be running the Department of Public Works. Per the release,
Christopher Geldart, to be Acting Director of the Department of Public Works.
Mr. Geldart is currently the CEO of CT Geldart and Associates a provider of full spectrum homeland security and emergency management consulting services. Prior to founding CT Geldart, he served as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) where he led the planning and execution of three presidentially declared disasters and 20 national special security events. Mr. Geldart is the former President and CEO of G2 Solutions and former Vice President for Homeland Security and Emergency Management for URS Corporation. Before joining URS, Mr. Geldart was FEMA’s Director of the National Capital Region Coordination Office (NCRC), serving as the federal government’s lead for domestic preparedness in the National Capital Region. Before joining FEMA in April 2007, Mr. Geldart worked for the State of Maryland as Assistant Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. From 1989 to 2001 Mr. Geldart served in the United States Marine Corps, where he had several leadership positions in the Fleet Marine Force and was certified and served as an instructor in a joint military formal school environment. Mr. Geldart holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from the University of Maryland.
DPW is responsible for recycling in DC, a key player in Zero Waste DC and Sustainable DC, managing the city’s food waste drop-off program as well as its hazardous household waste, and operating the Helping Hand Neighborhood Clean-up program.