Colonel (Retired) E. Pat Santos joined the Louisiana Army National Guard in June 1979. In December 1981, he was commissioned a Distinguished Military Graduate from the ROTC program at the University of New Orleans.
As a member of the famed 1-141st Field Artillery Battalion, he served in various command and staff positions and was activated for Desert Storm in 1990 with the 256th Combat Brigade. In August 1999, he was assigned as the Director of Military Support where he and his staff developed critical emergency plans and procedures while managing the ilitary response and state assistance efforts for numerous state emergencies and special events.
His 25-year military experience played a key role in coordinating the unprecedented support efforts during both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In January 2006, he accepted a position at the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) as the Chief of Homeland Security. He later served as the Deputy Director of Emergency Management within the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) where he had primary oversight of all of the State’s emergency management functions. He was a principal advisor and perations director for the Governor and the State Unified Command during emergencies including Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008, the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 and Hurricane Isaac in 2012 and served as Interim Director of GOHSEP from July-December 2011. He served on the FEMA National Advisory Council from 2013 to 2015 as the vice-chair of the Insurance and Mitigation subcommittee.
After leaving GOHSEP he served as the Director of Business Development for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) at Louisiana State University from September 2013 to June 2015 and worked as an independent consultant, advisor and business development executive for several entities including Thompson-Booth LLC and the Morial Convention Center – International Resilience Conference.
He is currently serving the Governor of Louisiana as his Liaison for Recovery monitoring and advising the Administration on all recovery matters associated with recent declared disasters. He also advises local jurisdictions on emergency response and recovery operations.
In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management in 1997. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Staff School and the Command and General Staff College. He was awarded a fellowship and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Program at the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2010 and completed the Naval Post Graduate School Executive Leaders Program in Monterey, California in 2013.
He is married to Gayle C. Santos, RN, MSN and they currently reside in Prairieville, LA. They have two sons both of whom are married and residing in Louisiana.