Jenny Novak is an award winning, Certified Emergency Manager, specializing in response to recovery transition, exercise development and higher education emergency management. Novak was recently selected as the first systemwide Director of Emergency Management and Continuity for the California State University system. Previously, she worked in response for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services where she served as State Division Supervisor for Ventura County in support of two presidentially declared major disasters: the Thomas and Woolsey Fires. Over the past thirteen years, she has served two municipalities, one large public university, and one county in the fields of emergency management and fire prevention.

Novak’s academic background is in Hazards Geography. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Humboldt State University in 2007, studying earthquake and tsunami preparedness along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Jenny went on to pursue graduate level disaster research at the University of Southern California, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Geography in 2012.

Novak currently serves as a Board Director of the California Emergency Services Association Southern Chapter and a Sustainability Commissioner for the City of Long Beach. In 2016, Jenny was honored at the White House for her innovation in preparedness training development for higher education.