Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomes Brian Katz as the District’s new Chief of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness. The Broward County School Board approved Katz for the position on February 12, 2019.
Katz (pictured right) joins BCPS with nearly 20 years of public and private sector experience in physical and personnel security, as well as threat analysis and program building expertise. He served as a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. State Department where, as a Special Agent, he protected diplomats, their families and federal buildings domestically and abroad. He received extensive specialized and technical training in preventing, preparing for and responding to terrorist attacks and active shooter incidents.
After leaving federal service, Katz spent seven years at Google where he led the Personnel and Protective Services division. During that time, he helped build, staff and manage a 24/7 Global Security Operations Center, leveraging technology and intelligence research to monitor and respond to emergent threats to employees and facilities worldwide. He was also a special investigator with U.S. Investigations Services. Most recently, Katz has been CEO of Lighthouse Global Solutions security consulting group, which provides security advice and performs threat assessments and training. During his career, Katz has worked closely with the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and local county and state law enforcement agencies.
“Brian’s experience provides an excellent fit for him to lead the District’s overhaul of its security and emergency response plans,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “His knowledge and background are an asset to our District’s ongoing commitment to ensure safer and more secure learning environments for our students and staff. We’re very pleased to welcome him to our team.”
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