State-Managed Disasters: Another Perspective


Cody Schulz

Homeland Security Director State of North Dakota

Cody was appointed North Dakota’s Homeland Security Division Director and State Homeland Security Advisor in March 2018. He had previously served as the department’s Business Manager and Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Chief.

He has led financial and programmatic recovery operations during 14 presidentially declared major disasters and numerous state-declared emergencies.

A native of New Salem, North Dakota, he was elected to the Morton County Commission in 2012 and re-elected four years later. He served as chairman of the commission in 2016 and 2017, during the historic Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest.

He holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Dakota, as well as bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in business administration from Dickinson State University and the University of North Dakota, respectively.

David Andrews

Regional Vice President Tidal Basin

Prior to being named Regional Vice President in 2020, David had served as Tidal Basin’s Vice President of Business Development since 2017. He joined the firm in 2014 as Deputy Director for State and Local Programs. His move to the private sector followed nearly 20 years during which he distinguished himself as a leader in the public sector of the emergency management and disaster recovery field.

Among the positions he held was Emergency ProgramManager for the State of Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management —where he oversaw the development and implementation of planned recovery programs, managed and monitored program budgets to ensure full compliance with federal program requirements, and was a key advisor to the Division’s senior leadership on strategic planning for disaster recovery programs. He served on behalf of the governor as the senior state official to coordinate assistance during declared disasters.

His responsibilities with Tidal Basin include overseeing the formation of business partnerships and leading the planning and execution of the company’s marketing strategies.