Halla Maher, MSW - Subject Matter Expert

Halla Maher is a subject matter expert in both the mental health and emergency management with over 10 years’ experience. She began her career with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and held multiple specialized roles within the organization including Disaster and Emergency Liaison responsible for building relationships and collaborating with surrounding cities, counties, the State of California and the Federal Government.  During her tenure with Los Angeles County she led her team through several presidentially declared disasters.  Additionally, she was a Senior Disaster Analyst and and also provided clinical mental health services.

Mrs. Maher has developed and overseen the creation of several multi-jurisdictional plans and procedures including work with the Operational Area’s Exercise Design Team where she planned, executed, and evaluated many county wide exercises. She has a wealth of knowledge with Emergency Field Mental-Health Operations, Family Assistance Centers, Emergency Operation Centers, Department Operation Centers, Points of Dispensing, and multi-agency plan development.

Mrs. Maher has a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University.