Frank Quiambao

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NESSI Founding Director

Frank Quiambao is the Founding Director of the National Education Safety and Security

Institute (NESSI) in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. Frank has spent 35 years in higher education. He has held numerous faculty and administrative positions with the California State University and Community Colleges. While in higher education, he worked extensively with education and training programs for law enforcement, fire technology and emergency medical services. He was appointed by the State Chancellor to chair the California Community Colleges Homeland Security Task Force. During his career he served as president of two colleges.

Prior to his assignment at UCLA, Frank served as the Director of the Safe Communities Institute, formerly DCI, in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.


From 2005 to 2014 Frank served in homeland security at the state and federal level. 

First, in the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), formerly the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.  In this capacity he worked in the area of critical infrastructure protection and countering violent extremism. He also developed partnerships with business, educational institutions and faith-based communities to promote emergency preparedness. More recently he was assigned as a DHS loaned executive attached to the U.S. Secret Service focusing on school security. Frank holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.