Michael W. Lowder

Michael W. Lowder


Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Transportation


Michael W. Lowder serves as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. A member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is designated as a National Security Professional and a Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator. Mr. Lowder is the Department’s Emergency Coordinator providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector. In 2012 he was awarded the DOT Secretary’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement.  He was selected in 2015 to represent the U.S. at the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP).

Prior to this Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO). Mr. Lowder was a member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and a Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST).

Mr. Lowder has more than 35 years of experience in the law enforcement, and emergency services field, as a Special Agent with the US Government, the State of North Carolina as a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as the Director of Emergency Services with Bladen County, North Carolina.

Mr. Lowder has represented the U.S. government at meeting and conferences in the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Taiwan, and Turkey, as well as throughout the United States. He represented the U.S. at NATO-RUSSIA counter-terrorism exercises in Kaliningrad, Russia and the ‘Black Rain’ CT exercises in the UK. He serves on the Executive Board on the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF), the ODNI’s National HUMINT Committee, and represents the Department on National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council (HSC) policy and advisory groups. He is the US lead for the US-China Transportation Forum – Transportation Emergencies Working Group. He also serves as the DOT lead on the US-Russia Joint Committee on Cooperation in Emergency Management.