agile Inclusion is led by passionate professionals who continue to provide groundbreaking solutions in emergency management, Security, and Resilience, giving back to the communities they serve and investing in knowledge capital.
Sean M. Griffin, founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sean M. Griffin was previous Director for Incident Management Integration Policy at the White House National Security Council for President Obama and President Trump. At the White House, Mr. Griffin led the Executive Office of the President and interagency policy coordination for major disasters and incidents, to include the 2016 Louisiana flood response and recovery and Hurricane Matthew. Mr. Griffin led the effort to secure millions of dollars in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief funds from Congress to aid the State of Louisiana in 2016. Mr. Griffin is published on the whitehouse.gov blog where he provided valuable information to update American citizens on disaster response efforts, individual preparedness, and how to apply for Federal assistance as well as contribute to recovery efforts through donations and volunteering. During the 2017 hurricane season, Mr. Griffin was instrumental in coordinating power restoration efforts for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to include co-leading the Caribbean Power Restoration Crisis Action Planning team at FEMA HQ.
Mr. Griffin chaired the Exercise and Evaluation Interagency Policy Committee leading to advancements in the National Exercise Program (NEP), leading the Senior Official Exercise Program, and directing the Presidential Transition Exercise Series to prepare the incoming Trump Administration Senior White House staff and Cabinet officials to respond to natural disasters, cyber incidents, infectious diseases, and terrorism. Mr. Griffin also led the revision to the NEP Base Plan, the policy that governs the NEP.
Within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Sean had various roles, to include managing the DOE state energy assurance program, energy sector exercise program, and energy sector cyber preparedness program. Mr. Griffin was a leader in solving critical policy and preparedness issues for energy sector resiliency and response as a member of industry-led and White House committees. Mr. Griffin directed and facilitated DOE’s largest ever energy disaster exercise series, Clear Path, examining energy sector and cross-sector disaster response and recovery. After DOE, Mr. Griffin was Senior Manager for Policy and Coordination at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
Mr. Griffin also led emergency management, training, and exercise programs at the U.S. Department of State, Defense Logistics Agency, and National Institutes of Health. Mr. Griffin is also an active duty veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Griffin volunteered his time to Chair the Federal Sector Emergency Managers Caucus for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and is a leading member of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelors in Nuclear Engineering Technology and completing a Masters in Emergency Management. Originally from Everett, MA, Mr. Griffin now lives in Manassas, VA with his wife and two sons.
scott D. sternfeld, P.E., founder and Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Scott D. Sternfeld is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) with a diverse background spanning Smart Grid applications and industrial control system architecture, cyber security, government acquisition programs and submarine sonar systems.
As the Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Sternfeld leads the technology evaluation and integration strategy for the disaster and incident management technology platforms of the future – providing a common operating picture with essential elements of information to enhance situational awareness and decision support.
Prior to joining Agile Inclusion, Mr. Sternfeld worked in a variety of capacities in the Charleston, SC office of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He was responsible for managing and expanding the capabilities of the Smart Grid Substation Lab and further augmented this unique facility by spearheading the creation of EPRI’s Cyber Security Research Lab.
After launching several successful industry-wide cyber security research initiatives, Scott became the first Technical Advisor to represent EPRI's Cyber Security and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Programs, accelerating EPRI technology transfer to all US utilities.
Mr. Sternfeld later returned to his technical roots to lead research into utility telecom networks, identifying and addressing key issues and gaps involving emergency communication systems, IT/OT integration, and the management of numerous telecommunication systems.
Mr. Sternfeld is the Chief Evangelist for the implementation phase of the Outage Data Initiative – an effort to standardize the exchange of customer power outage status with other utilities, mutual assistance organizations, and local/state/federal emergency management agencies in support of enhanced response and restoration activities. With the endorsement and support of the Department of Energy, Mr. Sternfeld worked with electric utilities and industry vendors towards a state-wide pilot and progress towards national and international adoption.
Mr. Sternfeld owes his utility experience to FirstEnergy Solutions in Akron, Ohio. As a Senior Engineer, he led efforts developing and implementing the FirstEnergy Smart Grid Roadmap, establishing the Technical Development Facility and evaluating new technologies in the lab and managing field pilots. Mr. Sternfeld’s unique combination of skills enabled him to act as the primary “IT/OT interface” between IT and the business units.
Mr. Sternfeld holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; is a member of IEEE PES society, IEEE Standards Association and US National Committee of CIGRE. He proudly serves on the Technical Committee for the DistribuTECH Conference in the areas of Cyber Security, Telecommunications and Resiliency. Originally a Chicago suburbanite, Mr. Sternfeld now resides in the sunshine of Charleston, SC with his wife and three children.
LTC (Ret) bill tomlin, director for plans and exercises
Mr. Bill Tomlin has been a strategic planner, project manager, and training and exercise professional for more than three decades working with local, state, national, and international agencies and private sector partners.
Most recently, Bill served as the project manager at Mississippi State University for a Department of Education multi-year grant to enhance state capabilities to support older blind populations. On his last tour as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 20 years of honorable service, Bill was the lead exercise planner for the Ardent Sentry exercise series for US Army North in support of U.S. Northern Command and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
At U.S. Army North, Bill lead all exercises related to natural-causes, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, flood, and all-hazards, and Bill supported the development of terrorism and homeland defense exercises. For real world disasters, Bill supported relief efforts for hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the Earthquakes in Jalalabad of 2012.
Bill is a combat veteran that served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During OEF and OIF, Bill supported combat operations in the roles of Director of Targeting for Regional Command East, Brigade Fire Support Officer, and Battalion Operations Officer. Bill also led a transition team where he supported the Iraqi Border Patrol in eastern Iraq. In these roles, Bill focused on lethal and non-lethal targeting, community security, government capacity building, and community economic growth.
Bill holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocational Education, a graduate certificate in Project Management. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College. Bill currently lives in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife Lisa and two children.