Paula D. Gordon is an educator, consultant, analyst, and writer. She has also served in a variety of capacities in the Federal government, including staff officer, policy analyst, and special projects director for a wide range of Federal agencies and Departments. She has an extensive background in several domestic policy arenas including drug abuse prevention, emergency management, and homeland security. Her websites at and include her articles, reports, publications, and presentations on drug abuse prevention and on emergency management and homeland security respectively. Her doctoral dissertation, Public Administration in the Public Interest (posted at ) focuses on complex societal problem solving and governmental change. She is based in Washington, D.C. E-mail: .