James K. Joseph

James K. Joseph was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner on February 1, 2015 to serve as a member of the Governor’s cabinet, both as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and as Deputy State Homeland Security Advisor. In his role, Joseph oversees Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 200+ employees and a budget of nearly $500 million.

Joseph has over 15 years of senior leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the Rauner administration, Joseph served as the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for DuPage County, IL (Illinois’ second largest county) where he oversaw three county departments.

Joseph also founded his own company called Center for Security Intelligence, where he provided consulting services in security operations, workplace violence prevention and emergency management to both government and corporate clients.

Prior to owning his own business, Joseph was the Vice President of Security and Fraud Risk for HSBC - North America, the world’s third largest bank. There, he created and implemented security protocols for North American operations serving nearly 70,000 employees, in addition to global security policies utilized in over 70 countries.

Joseph has served in municipal government as well, both as Chairman of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the Chairman Pro-Tem of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Carol Stream, IL. Joseph and his family live in the Springfield, IL area.

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