Deputy Director, Communications
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, State of California
Jay Alan was appointed Deputy Director of Communications for the Office of Homeland Security by Governor Schwarzenegger in August of 2007. Before that the Governor had appointed him communications Director at the California Conservation Corps. Before entering public service Alan spent more than four years as an award- winning radio anchor and host on Newstalk 1530 KFBK-AM in Sacramento. His television experience includes being the 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 degree in communications. He is married to California native Laura Fowler,whose ancestors include one of the first state assemblymen in the Golden State. Jay has three daughters, Breanne, Morgan, and Shelby.
Panel: Crisis and Risk Communication with Culturally Diverse Populations
Panel moderated by Jeffery Robertson with panelists Michael Palenchar, Jay Alan and Linda O’Brien.