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Richard Krieg

Dr. Richard Krieg

Visiting Professor

Phone:  443.562.2499

M.A., The University of Chicago
Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Richard Krieg is Editor of the Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy, a peer reviewed journal published by the Policy Studies Organization in Washington DC.  

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago in Public Policy and Administration. He completed the mid-career Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School, and the Brookings Institution Advanced Studies Program. 

His career spans policy development and implementation, healthcare and public health, policy analysis, government, and health philanthropy. His focus for the last 5 years has been critical infrastructure threats attributable to human and natural causes, and strategies to mitigate these challenges.

Recent work includes leading FEMA-funded projects in Maryland to develop regional public health, healthcare and public school strategies related to a terrorist nuclear strike in Washington DC.  He helped plan and evaluated a full-day Houston, TX exercise for emergency managers, first responders, healthcare professionals and the Coast Guard on long-term incapacitation of the regional electric grid.  He is a healthcare and public health sector specialist with the FBI's InfraGard Program.

Dr. Krieg is former Arthur Rubloff Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago, an endowed tenured chair.  He concurrently served as Executive Director of the University’s Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, an urban policy and community action center serving the 6-county Chicago metropolitan area.  In that role, he provided capacity building consultation to numerous organizations, including a strategic plan for Cook County Hospital.  He formerly served as Associate Dean of the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

He served as Health Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner of Health for the City of Chicago. In that capacity, he oversaw the City’s city-wide ambulatory care system, the paramedic corps and was chief planner and incident commander for health emergency issues.  The Chicago Department of Health is the nation's largest local health department, with a staff of approximately 800 people and an $130 million annual budget. The Department provides one million patient visits annually.

For four years, Dr. Krieg held the position of Director of Policy Analysis and Planning for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council – the association of 102 Chicago-area hospitals.  He worked directly with hospital CEOs and CFOs on system-level policy development, program implementation and joint service initiatives.

He previously served as Director of Policy and Programs for the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and as Program Officer for the Illinois Dangerous Drugs Commission.

Dr. Krieg was founding President & CEO of the Maryland-based Horizon Foundation and also served as a Foundation Trustee.  Established by Johns Hopkins University, the $100 million Foundation advanced community health and emergency management practice in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. He retired as founding President after 14 years.

His voluntary service includes 6 years as Chairman of the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN), an award-winning Central Maryland organization composed of approximately 90 police chiefs, directors of fire and rescue, foundation representatives, local government department heads, public health and hospital officials, business leaders and university and community college representatives.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Peace Corps Association. Among other awards, he is a recipient of the Illinois Department of Public Health's "Award of Merit" and the Illinois Public Health Association's "Presidential Award.”