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 Erroll Southers

Erroll Southers - Associate Director for Educational Programs

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Erroll Southers is CREATE's Associate Director for Educational Programs. Erroll also teaches at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development (SPPD). He was founding co-chair of the Alumni Association at SPPD and will remain active on the school’s executive board.

Prior to joining CREATE, Erroll was deputy director of the California Office of Homeland Security, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, and responsible for the oversight of counterterrorism policy and national pilot programs, designed to protect the critical infrastructure of the world’s fifth largest economy.

In addition to recent counterterrorism studies in Israel at the invitation of the ministry of foreign affairs, he was a former FBI Special Agent, assigned to matters of counterterrorism, foreign counterintelligence, and a member of the Bureau’s SWAT Team. He is a former Santa Monica Police Department detective, member of the Rio Hondo Police Academy faculty and tactical staff, and a court-qualified gang expert.

He has also served as Assistant Vice President and Chief of Protective Services at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and As an Executive Director in the Long Beach City Manager’s Office. In addition, he is a Certified Institutional Protection manager and certified in homeland security by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. He founded Risk Management Consultants International, providing security consultation and expert witness testimony.

Erroll earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Brown University and his Master of Public Administration at USC. He is a former senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

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