Lindsey Anderson

Interim Director, Center for Disaster Management
Executive-In-Residence, Hesselbein Leadership Forum
3803 Wesley W. Posvar Hall


Lindsey Anderson is the Interim Director of GSPIA’s Center for Disaster Management, which advances the study and practice of emergency management through research, education, and collaboration. Ms. Anderson is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Public Affairs and the first Executive-in-Residence of GSPIA’s new Hesselbein Leadership Forum. Ms. Anderson has a decade of experience in emergency management, public policy, and public sector management, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator of Response and Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Between 2013-2016, Ms. Anderson served in senior leadership positions within FEMA’s Response Directorate and led teams responsible for agency-wide policy, doctrine, and evaluation initiatives. She entered federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow, serving at both FEMA and within the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ms. Anderson is a former staff member of Pittsburgh’s Coro Center for Civic Leadership, where she helped launch and manage the first class of Public Allies Pittsburgh. She is a volunteer with Pittsburgh’s Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center and a member of the Octopus Garden in Friendship.

Teaching & Research Areas

  • Emergency and disaster management, crisis leadership, emergent behavior, resilience and sustainability.
  • Public and nonprofit leadership and management, policy design and analysis, public program evaluation.


  • Managing People in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • Managing Threats, Emergencies, and Disasters
  • Planning for Sustainable Regions


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260