Michael Grossman is a top level law enforcement professional and corporate security executive with wide-ranging experience in homeland security and defense, intelligence, threat assessment, training, and security operations. He has been responsible for oversight and command of multi-agency response to large scale events and disasters, including Presidential visits and the annual Tournament of Roses parade.

Mr. Grossman served a distinguished 40-year career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He retired at the rank of Chief, where he commanded the Homeland Security Division, responsible for administration and operational oversight of a wide range of duties and critical functions in Los Angeles County. He held a variety of assignments throughout his career in patrol operations, training, administration, custody, emergency management and homeland security. Chief Grossman was instrumental in the evolution of the Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group and the creation of the first local fusion center in the U.S., the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC). During his tenure, he served on numerous local, state and federal committees related to intelligence and homeland security.

One of his many high-level assignments included a two-year on-loan assignment to the U.S. Department of Justice, at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in Washington D.C. In this capacity, he served as the Director of the Technology Assistance Division in the Office of Science and Technology. His duties included guiding the NIJ's nationwide program to support research, development and integration of new technologies for law enforcement and corrections.

Upon retiring from law enforcement, Chief Grossman accepted a position as the Senior Vice President of U.S. National Security for the global mall giant Westfield Corporation, where he served until February 2016. His responsibilities included oversight of national security contracts, and the development and execution of security policy for the retail space at the new World Trade Center. He worked closely with executive management, legal, risk management, Human Resources, and Regional Senior Vice Presidents to maximize their awareness and performance in the areas of safety, security, and emergency preparedness and response.

Chief Grossman earned his Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense, from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Curtis H. “Butch” Straub award for exemplary academic achievement and leadership. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles.


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