Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Dr. Robert Griffin assumed the role of Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 12, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Griffin served as the Director of the Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group, where he led efforts to strengthen the first response community’s ability to protect the homeland and respond to disasters. He is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service.

Dr. Griffin came to DHS after a twenty-year career in local government as a senior leader and first responder. He served as the Director of Environmental Services for Arlington County, Virginia, where he managed a diverse portfolio of core governmental functions, including roads and engineering, transportation, facilities construction and maintenance, fleet management, capital planning and construction, and a nationally recognized energy and environmental sustainability program.

Dr. Griffin earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Administration/Public Affairs from Virginia Tech; as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His dissertation was a study of the characteristics of coordination in the homeland security network.

Dr. Griffin is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute where he teaches graduate level courses in state and local governance.