Ezzie Michaels was appointed to the position of the Director of the Office of Preparedness within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Colorado Department of Department of Public Safety on November 3, 2016.
Born and raised in Israel, Ezzie migrated to the U.S. to further his education. Ezzie holds a master's degree in Homeland Security and an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver.
Ezzie began his career in the homeland security field with the State of Colorado in 2008. As a Grant Manager with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Ezzie managed various federal preparedness grant programs. His experience includes directing, overseeing, and managing all grant programs managed by the Office of Preparedness, including Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), State Homeland security Grant Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP), State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), and Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) involving stakeholders at the local, regional, Tribal Nations, and federal levels.
Before entering public service, Mr. Michaels held the IT Director position with multiple publicly held companies. Ezzie is married and has two children.