Lisa Peumsang

Lisa Peumsang

Instructor, Master of Public Safety

Lisa Peumsang is the Director of Emergency Management at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she oversees the campus emergency management and business continuity programs for a jurisdiction of over 40,000 people with campuses, research facilities and state land across two counties. She is a recognized leader in emergency management in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, known for her strategic emergency management program design, whole community plan development, training methodology and presentation skills. Prior to emergency management, she spent nearly two decades in educational consulting, training, curriculum development, publishing and sales for K-12 and Higher Education in California, where she designed and facilitated training programs and created course content for educators and students across academic disciplines and executive function development.

Peumsang has a foundation in emergency management from the City of Burbank Fire Department Emergency Management Division and Burbank Volunteer Fire Corps that she took to higher education seven years ago, moving to an office under law enforcement at California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services. She has responded to numerous wildfires, debris flow, civil unrest, planned events, and active assailant incidents in roles supporting Incident Command to activating and overseeing EOC and Policy Group operations. During the COVID-19 global pandemic, she coordinated an EOC for its two-year-long activation. She served as the campus coordinator of one of Los Angeles County's five mega-PODs, which distributed nearly a quarter of a million vaccines over a five-month operation. Since the beginning of 2023, she has served as a member of the SDSU Police Department command staff. She is a key member of the University's Public Safety and Community Empowerment team.  Additionally, she was appointed to SDSU's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Gender-Based Violence, which is charged with assessing the problem of gender-based violence within collegiate environments with her focus on the intersection of emergency management and gender-based violence as identified by the White House as one of the seven pillars to address nationwide.

Peumsang is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Administration at Walden University, where she earned her Master of Science in Emergency Management in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha (the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration), California Emergency Services Association, Women in Homeland Security, and serves on the Thesis Committee for SDSU's Graduate Program in Homeland Security.