Daniel Ostergaard

Daniel Ostergaard serves as an Associate Professor of Management and International Business and as an Adjunct Professor of Applied Criminology teaching both international business and homeland security-related courses at Western Carolina University. He also led a regional economic development think tank: the Institute for the Economy and the Future.

Prior to joining the faculty of Western Carolina University, Mr. Ostergaard held a variety of senior homeland security positions in Washington, D.C. Daniel Ostergaard was the Founder and President of Pelorus Enterprises, LLC, providing business development and governmental relations services for public and private, domestic and international clients. Prior to Pelorus, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). His duties included serving as a policy advisor to both Honorable Secretaries of Homeland Security: Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. The HSAC provided strategic policy advice and recommendations directly to the Secretary on a wide range of issues related to homeland security.

He has previously served as the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Liaison in Washington, D.C., for the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Focusing on a host of issues relating to the role of state, local and tribal governments, Mr. Ostergaard worked closely with both the public and private sectors to create partnerships and share best practices.

Prior to his service with the State of Florida, Mr. Ostergaard served on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard for eleven years. A seagoing officer, Mr. Ostergaard served aboard several cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans including command of a patrol boat and a shore-based rescue station. He led numerous homeland security, search and rescue, counter narcotics, and environmental protection operations. He served as the Federal and State Liaison for the Coast Guard’s Office of Governmental and Public Affairs and was the Budget and Fiscal Manager for the Atlantic Major Cutter Fleet.

Mr. Ostergaard graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelors of Science in Government. He holds two Masters Degrees: a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (where he was also the student body President) and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He served as a Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and at the Institute for the Economy and the Future at Western Carolina University. He was recently elected to serve on the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors.