Robert Lewin recently retired as the Director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. He joined OEM in January 2016 after retiring as the Fire Chief for CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire. Lewin is a Type 1 Incident Commander and had served many years on Incident Management Teams. He has held command positions both in the field and in EOCs on some of California’s most complex incidents including fires, floods, earthquakes, human and animal diseases, and on special assignments. Robert is a Cal Poly graduate in Political Science, an Allan Hancock College graduate in Fire Science and has completed the Home Land Security Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). Robert has published several articles and presented at many conferences on Emergency Management. During the recent Thomas Fire and resulting 1/9 Debris Flow he coordinated the actions of the EOC. He is now a Principal at Resolute Associates LLC, consulting on emergency management.