Dr Donell Harvin  

Donell Harvin is the principal of the Black Cell Group, LLC an applied intelligence and consequence management consulting firm based outside of Washington, DC. He is a homeland security expert who provides analysis for MSNBC/NBC News and the RAND Corporation. He also serves as a subject-matter expert and contractor for several organizations including the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), INTERPOL’s CBRNE Directorate, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN) based in London.

His public safety background spans 30 years of water rescue, Fire/EMS, public health, hazardous materials and WMD/CBRNE planning and operations, emergency management, crime scene management, homeland security, and domestic intelligence.  He has responded to incidents including the attacks on 9/11 as a member of FDNY, and the Sandy Hook Shootings as the forensics lead for New York City. During his career, he has served in multiple executive-level roles as the lead emergency manager for several agencies during large-scale incidents.  In Washington, DC he served the Executive Director of the DC Fusion Center leading up to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

He has spent the last year leading an effort for Harvard University’s HHI, to develop and deliver CBRN response training for Ukraine. Under this project, he deployed several times to multiple Ukrainian cities during the current war, to train civilian personnel and leadership in countering weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Harvin is faculty at Georgetown University and holds an undergraduate degree in Fire and Emergency Services Management, graduate degrees in Emergency Management (MPA), Terrorism Studies (MAcert), and Environmental Science (MPH), and is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) specializing in environmental epidemiology and biological threats.

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