Jenny Novak is an award winning, Certified Emergency Manager, specializing in designing innovative preparedness exercises. Currently, Novak is an Emergency Services Coordinator for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services where she recently served as Division Supervisor for Ventura County in support of the Thomas Fire, Californias largest wildfire. Over the past eleven years, she has served two municipalities, one large public university, and one county in the fields of emergency management and fire prevention. Novaks academic background is in Hazards Geography. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Geography from Humboldt State University in 2007, studying earthquake and tsunami preparedness in Humboldt County, CA. Jenny went on to pursue graduate level disaster research at the University of Southern California, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Geography in 2012. In 2016, Novak was honored at the White House for her innovation in preparedness training development.