Jay Alan is a nationally-known communications expert with specialties in homeland security, emergency management, crisis, risk and strategic communications. Jay was appointed Deputy Director of Communications for the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security by Governor Schwarzenegger in August of 2007, and served as Director of Communications for the subsequently formed California Emergency Management Agency. After serving California Governor’s Brown and Schwarzenegger, Jay spent almost a year working at U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters in in Washington, D.C. as a strategic communications advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Office of Academic Engagement. He is currently Communications Director for the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
Before entering public service, Alan spent almost five years as an award- winning radio anchor and host on KFBK-AM in Sacramento, as well as a fill-in talk show host for various local and national radio talk shows. He also was co-host of “The Drive Home”, a nationally syndicated radio news program on America’s Radio News Network, based in Washington, D.C. His television experience includes being main anchor at FOX 40 KTXL-TV in Sacramento, KPHO-TV in Phoenix, and WSET-TV in Lynchburg/Roanoke Virginia. His television experience also includes anchor, managing editor, and political reporting positions in Boise, Spokane, and Wausau, Wisconsin.
Jay is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a B.A. in communications. Jay is also a graduate of The University of Southern California’s CREATE (Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events) program in counter-terrorism and is certified in Incident Command. He is the father of three daughters and currently lives in Sacramento.