Who We Are

Darrell Darnell

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security

Darrell Darnell


Darrell Darnell is the George Washington University's Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and comes to the university from the White House, where he served as director of critical infrastructure protection and resilience policy for its National Security Staff.

A retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, Mr. Darnell has nearly a decade of experience at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice. Before moving to the White House, he served as director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the city agency responsible for all-hazards emergency planning, preparation, response, and recovery.


RaShall Brackney

Chief of Police

RaShall Brackney


RaShall M. Brackney joined the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD) in June 2015 as Chief of Police and provides leadership for and management of GWPD’s functions and operations.

She is a 30-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. As commander in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Ms. Brackney oversaw the Major Crimes Division within the Investigations Branch and was a liaison to several of the colleges and university police departments within her operations area. Throughout her 15-year tenure as a commander, she had been responsible for overseeing the operations of the Pittsburgh Municipal Court building, Uniform Crime Reports to the FBI, prisoner identification and processing, criminal records and criminal history expungements. She also had managed the Special Deployment Division, including the SWAT team, mounted patrol, accident investigation, hostage negotiations, river rescue, special events, traffic division, tow pound and the bomb squad.

Chief Brackney received her doctorate in instructional management and leadership at Robert Morris University and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, she has received numerous letters of recognition for her service and commitment to the community, including Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award, Carnegie Mellon University’s Otto A. Davis Award for racial/social justice, Alliance for Police Accountability’s Community Police Officer of the Year Award and the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing’s 2014 Peace Stepper Award.

Brian K. Lee

Director of Health & Emergency Management Services

Brian Lee


Brian K. Lee is the Director of Health and Emergency Management Services for the university. Brian retired as a Deputy Fire Chief with over 30 years of service with the DC Fire and EMS Department. He holds a Masters degree in Public Safety Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and graduate certificates from Naval Post Graduate School and Harvard University. Brian's background includes supervising and oversight of divisions such as the Fire Investigations and Prevention, Internal Affairs, Safety/Wellness, Compliance and the Professional Standards Division. Brian also spent many years in leadership positions with the firefighters union, has experience in negotiating Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with various District and Federal agencies on emergency response criteria and investigative authority and has represented DC Fire on several local and regional law enforcement policy and preparedness councils. Brian has participated in developing Incident Action Plans, workshops and exercises for various events of national significance, regional drills  senior management tabletops. Brian holds certifications as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician, HazMat incident commander and Red Cross Disaster operations manager among others.