Margaret Gutierrez is a national tribal government liaison with the First Responder Network Authority, serving tribes in FEMA Regions 1 through 8. She is an enrolled member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and was born and raised in Southern California. Margaret is the first Native American graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security program and holds a master’s degree in security studies.
She is currently an instructor for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute tribal curriculum and a professor in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches Principles of Emergency Management, Crisis Communication, Research, and Thesis courses. Prior to her work at the FirstNet Authority, Margaret served a tribal community as the director of emergency management for 10 years. She is a nationally recognized leader in emergency management, public health, academia, and tribal communities.