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David Garner

David GarnerI work for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division as a Regional Emergency Management Coordinator (REM). I specifically work in Region 1, which consists of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, and Pickens. I have been in that position for 2 years now. As a REM I act as a liaison for SCEMD to the county offices of emergency management and respond to disaster stricken areas for situational awareness and as an information resource. I also plan and conduct exercises, assist in the administration of grants, and conduct training in counties with multiple government agencies on a day-to-day basis.

The MPA program at Clemson has and continues to benefit me on a daily basis. From my beginnings in the program I was able to develop a firm grasp of the process that public policy goes through and see it in action in my professional career. Since then I have used classes such as Cybersecurity to analyze threats and understand where policy action could prevent some vulnerabilities that have been exposed, and Administrative Leadership to develop myself as a servant leader. I am not only a stronger academic because of this program, but have been prepared to compete on the highest level for senior and executive level positions at any level of government. I attribute every bit of my confidence and preparation to the MPA program at Clemson and the nationwide network of instructors who are truly experts in their fields.