Cabinet Secretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Jackie White was previously the captain of homeland security and emergency management of the Albuquerque Fire Department, where she worked for 17 years, since 2002. Prior to that, she was the captain of fire investigations. She is a member of the Intrastate Mutual Aid System. White has managed emergency response for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and all city-sponsored special events; her experience includes fire suppression, paramedicine, instructing cadet and paramedic programs and providing oversight for the special operation division. In those roles, she designed and implemented the use of incident action planning and plans for hostile mass casualty incidents, including a community outreach program for teachers, students and the private sector. White served for 10 years on the New Mexico Urban Search and Rescue Team until it was disbanded two years ago. She became an American citizen in 2015. She competed on the Canadian Olympic softball team from 1997 until her retirement in 2005, a span that included two Olympic Games. She graduated last year from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif., with a master’s degree in homeland security.
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