Michelle Royal is Vice President at FirstLink Research and Analytics. She has over 20 years of experience in the analysis of national and homeland security issues. She has conducted analyses for various offices within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DoD). Ms. Royal has developed an understanding of domestic and global responder requirements and provides senior-level analytical support to federal, state, local, and international public safety organizations.
She holds a BA in International Relations and Italian from The University of Wisconsin – Madison, an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University, and an MBA from The George Washington University.