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Maximilian M. Dixon
Maximilian.email@example.com | P.O. Box 21352 Seattle, WA 98111 | LinkedIn Profile
ORGANIZING, MANAGING AND IMPLEMENTING: Exercises excellent judgment in the midst of ambiguity and
conflict; thrives in fast paced, high-stress environments utilizing strong analytical and problem solving skills. Executive
Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Project Manager and Non-Profit Board Member with over 5 years
combined Project and Program Management, Coordinated Planning, Disaster Planning, Communications and Public
Engagement experience creating and managing innovative, small to large-scale initiatives from the ground up.
BUILDING COALITIONS: Implements strategies based on measurable objectives to maintain collaborative relationships
with federal, state and local agencies, tribal governments, community leaders, the private sector, non-governmental and non-
profit organizations, political leaders, and the public. Excellent negotiation skills; experienced in identifying and resolving
problems to attain a greater goal, with emphasis on earthquake, tsunami and volcano risk, community resilience, mitigation,
response, mass care and recovery programs.
POLITICAL ACUMEN: Experienced managing complex relationships with government agencies (including tribes), voluntary
agencies, universities, the private sector and other organizations involved in the disaster cycle. Understands first-hand the
necessity of coordinated planning at all levels; and provides direction and guidance with a broad-based perspective. Experienced
at political decision-making, and managing expectations, with an eye toward win-win scenarios.
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE: Highly skilled in written and verbal communication, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, GIS and
HAZUS-MH. Proficient at earthquake risk modeling; risk and resilience assessment and planning; and proofreading, editing and
writing strategic plans, technical reports, grant applications, research documents, training manuals, and policy documents.
TRAINING PEOPLE: American Red Cross preparedness and recovery trainer, exercise designer and non-profit community
volunteer trainer with over 5 years combined disaster training and volunteer training experience. Also experienced at preparing
and training people to continually improve operational readiness and organizational efficiency.
University of Washington 2009 – 2014
Master of Urban Planning, College of the Built Environment
Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management, College of the Built Environment
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies – Magna Cum Laude
Minor, Policy Studies
Earthquake Program Manager 2016 - Present
Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division
GEOLOGIC HAZARDS: Provide public education, outreach, training, technical assistance, and professional support to
communities. Develop and implement projects designed to meet specific Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano program goals,
including those of NEHRP and NTHMP. Manage grants and staff the State Emergency Operations Center.
Mitigation Program Coordinator 2015 – 2016
Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division
GRANT MANAGEMENT: Manage grants, programs, projects and financial expenditures; Provide public education,
outreach, training, technical assistance, and professional support to local and state agencies and tribal governments;
coordinate, develop and improve program processes, spreadsheets, databases and information systems; and staff the
State Emergency Operations Center. Completed FEMA’s Professional Development Series. Coordinating WA EMD
efforts for Early Earthquake Warning, which falls under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).
Volunteer 2015 – Present
Seafair Emergency Management
RISK MANAGEMENT: Safety Risk Management, Planning and Logistics for Seafair events, including staffing the
emergency operations center.
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Government Liaison, Exercise Designer and Preparedness Trainer 2014 – Present
American Red Cross
DISASTER TRAINING: Train individuals and community groups on how to prepare for and recover from
disasters, especially earthquakes and tsunami’s; help disaster survivors obtain immediate assistance and develop a
recovery plan; provide facilitation and communication as a liaison; and design and run disaster exercises. Deployed to
the Stevens County EOC during the wildfires as a liaison; supervised and trained liaisons, acted as a PIO, and helped
set up a community assistance and recovery group with the local VOADS. Completed over fifty training courses,
including IS-100, 120, 130, 139, 200, 230, 288, 300, 400, 403, 700, 701, 775 and 800 and G318.
Planning Consultant 2013 – 2015
GEOLOGIC HAZARDS: GIS and HAZUS-MH Earthquake Risk Modeling; Risk and Resilience Assessment and
Planning; Disaster Risk Reduction Curriculum Development; Report Writing, Proofreading and Editing; and Research.
Research Assistant 2013 – 2014
Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND INTERFACE: Developed and tested an asset-based approach to assessing
community risk and resilience. This included conducting community workshops; writing reports; and researching and
analyzing community needs, plans, assets and systems.
Risk Policy Intern Summer – 2012
Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bothell, WA
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Project Manager - Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
for the Mitigation Division, Region X, which included the following: leading, organizing, managing and executing the
project; wrote the Mitigation Mission Area Desired Outcomes and Capability Targets; coordinated and collaborated
with the Recovery, Response and National Preparedness Divisions; assisted and worked with AK, ID, OR, and WA
state emergency managers, planners and staff.
Board Member and Founding Member 2010 – 2014
Friends of North Creek Forest, Bothell, WA
FUNDRAISING AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT: Instrumental in raising over $2.0 million in grants and funds;
program and policy development; developing and maintaining institutional and organizational partnerships; marketing,
communication and public relations; volunteer and intern recruitment, training and management; web site
development; public presentations; collaboration with city and county officials; developing the strategic plan; and policy
King County Representative and Founding Board Member 2011 – 2014
Young Planners Group, Puget Sound Section, Washington Chapter, American Planning Association
ADVISING: Acted as an adviser and assisted with creating and developing the organization, which included getting
the organization officially recognized, supported and funded by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning
Association; drafting the by-laws; budgeting; creating committees; forming the board; recruiting officers; marketing; and
developing a mentor program.
Executive Director and Co-founder 2011 – 2012
Shoreline Farmers’ Market Association, Shoreline, WA
LEADERSHIP: Formed and managed the organization, including: drafting the by-laws; writing the business and site
plans; forming the board; recruiting officers; marketing; web site design; and program and policy development.
President and Founder 2010 – 2011
Sustainability Organization of University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College
COALITION BUILDING: Trained future student leaders and ambassadors to spearhead campus and community
sustainability projects; initiated, organized and facilitated the first joint campus 2011 Earth Day event; coordinated with
administration (including the Chancellor and President), staff and faculty from both campuses; as well as over 30
students; created and managed 13 sub-committees for the various sections of the event; and managed the budgeting