Jim Krugman joined the School of Public Affairs in August of 2018 as a half-time lecturer and Emergency Management Practitioner in Residence, following five years as a course lecturer in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security concentration.
He joined the Denver Fire Department full-time in 2016 as its wildland fire program manager following four and a half years with the Denver Office of Emergency Management as an emergency management coordinator for training and exercise. He retired in 2012 after 36 years with the USDA Forest Service as a professional forester, fire/hazardous fuels specialist, natural resource manager, fire instructor and agency administrator in multiple western states. In 2000, he moved to the Regional Headquarters in Lakewood as the branch director of fire operations, safety and training; and later as a program manager for the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Concurrently, he served as a national wildland practitioner, including extended assignments to Hurricane Katrina and Ivan.
Jim holds a BS in Forest Management Science from Colorado State University, an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Management and Planning from Red Rocks Community College, and a Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from the University of Colorado Denver. He is a former lecturer for the Arizona State University’s Emergency Management MPA program and currently serves as the emergency management module leader for the CU Denver School of Public Affairs-hosted Certified Public Manager program. He regularly presents on forest health, wildfire and climate change related issues. He has been a Colorado Certified Emergency Manager since 2014.