Francisco Sánchez is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Harris County, Texas, and liaison for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, which is responsible for disaster preparedness and response in the nation’s third largest county. In 2013 he was appointed to CSRIC, an advisory committee to the FCC offering guidance on key issues such as next generation 9-1-1 technology, alerts and warnings, and cybersecurity. He was re-appointed in 2015 and 2017. Sánchez is a graduate of the University of Houston. In 2015, Sánchez was named Public Official of the Year by U of H, and in 2013 he was featured as Emergency Management Magazine’s Major Player for his work on emergency public information and proposal for a national dialogue on the topic. In 2017, he was listed as one of the Top 11 Public Safety Tech Leaders to Watch by StateScoop using cutting-edge emergency communications technology for the betterment of the community. This is Sánchez's second time to present at SXSW.
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