Frank Quiambao is the Director of the Safe Communities Institute (formerly DCI) in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Previously, Dr. Quiambao served 10 years in homeland security at the state and federal level. First, he served in the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), formerly the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he worked in the area of critical infrastructure protection and countering violent extremism. Dr. Quiambao also developed partnerships with business, educational institutions and faith-based community organizations to promote emergency preparedness. More recently, he was assigned as a Department of Homeland Security loaned executive to the U.S. Secret Service, serving as senior advisor for the National Education Security Initiative (NESI).
Before his involvement in homeland security, Dr. Quiambao spent 32 years in higher education. He has held numerous faculty and administrative positions with the California State University and California Community College system. During his career, he served as president of two colleges.
While in higher education, Dr. Quiambao worked extensively with education and training programs for law enforcement, fire technology and emergency medical services. He was appointed by the State Chancellor to chair the California Community Colleges Homeland Security Task Force and chaired the curriculum committee for the International Leadership Program in Counter-Terrorism at USC. He has a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Erroll G. Southers is the Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies for the Safe Communities Institute at the USC Price School of Public Policy. He previously served as Director of Transition and Research Deployment at the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).
He was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration Assistant Secretary, and he was also California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security.
Dr. Southers’ career has spanned all levels of law enforcement, formerly serving as Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department. He also previously enjoyed the distinction of FBI Special Agent and SWAT team member, as well as Santa Monica Police Officer. He served on the faculty and tactical staff of the Rio Hondo Police Academy.
Currently, Dr. Southers holds roles throughout the international counterterrorism and national security arena, including: Visiting Fellow and member of the Professional Advisory Board of the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel; a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project; a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs; and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) at Rutgers University. He is also the Managing Director of the Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection Division for TAL Global Corporation, an international security consulting firm.
Dr. Southers has testified before the full Congressional Committee on Homeland Security as a subject matter expert and counterterrorism analyst. At the University of Southern California (USC), he developed the Executive Program in Counterterrorism and serves as an adjunct professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is a regular contributor to national and international media networks on matters of terrorism and national security, and the author of Homegrown Violent Extremism.
Juan B. Noguera currently serves as a Project Specialist for the Safe Communities Institute (SCI); formerly known as DCI, at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Prior to his appointment at USC, Mr. Noguera worked at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in the Student Support Services Division. In this role, he served as a Program Activities Specialist for four years as a manager for Friday Night Live Program which focuses on youth substance abuse prevention for Los Angeles County. Prior to LACOE, Mr. Noguera was a Regional Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Summer Night Lights Program. This program is part of the Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) established by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In his Regional Coordinator capacity, he served as a liaison for the City of Los Angeles and communities with the highest rates of gang violence. The Summer Night Lights program reduced violence significantly during the summer months in which violence usually reached its peak in at-risk communities. These efforts contributed to the overall prevention and reduction of gang violence.
Mr. Noguera is involved in numerous community activities including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) that is sponsored by the Los Angeles Fire Department. CERT is a program designed to support the LAFD during major emergency situations/crisis around in and/or around the city of Los Angeles. He graduated in 2014 with honors from California State University, Northridge, with a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Public Sector Management and Leadership.