Mr. Jasen Penn has been confirmed to the post of Director at the Department of Disaster Management, having acted since January 2021.
Acting Governor, Mr. David Archer, Jr. said Mr. Penn’s confirmation is retroactively effective as of January 1, 2022. He also commended Mr. Penn for his hard work in the Director capacity, thus far, and his commitment to the Department over the past 23 years.
Mr. Archer said, “I am pleased and excited to see Mr. Penn confirmed in this role after the strides he has already made towards enhancing his skills in this important area and as he continues to advance the disaster management programme in the Territory. I have no doubt the team at the Department of Disaster Management, as well as the people of the Virgin Islands, will benefit tremendously with Mr. Penn at the helm of the department.”
Mr. Penn expressed his gratitude for being able to have the opportunity to serve as Director.
“I am humbled by this opportunity and will continue to serve the people of the Virgin Islands by coordinating the efforts needed to ensure that we are able to sustain and further enhance the internationally accredited Virgin Islands’ Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme,” he said.
The Director also commended his team at the Department of Disaster Management.
“I am grateful for the confidence bestowed upon me, and thankful to my team for the support they continue to provide,” Mr. Penn added.
As Director of Disaster Management, Mr. Penn is responsible for carrying out comprehensive disaster management in accordance with the provisions of the Disaster Management Act and the National Disaster Management Plan, through planning, organising, directing, controlling and coordinating the work and supervising staff of the Disaster Management Department.
Mr. Penn has a Masters Certificate in Development and Public Investment Project Management from the University of Laval, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Network and Communications Management from Devry University, Atlanta. He also has a Level 7 Executive Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom.
He previously held several roles at the Department of Disaster Management beginning with Technical Assistant in 1999. He later became an Emergency Communications Officer in 2003 and held the position for 14 years before being promoted to Emergency Communications Manager in 2017. He would later serve as Acting Deputy Director beginning October of 2020 before transitioning to Acting Director.
The Department of Disaster Management is committed to protecting lives and maintaining a resilient, sustainable economy and society by fostering comprehensive disaster management and climate change adaptation as a way of life.