Adam K. Thiel
Adam K. Thiel
Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department

Adam K. Thiel is a global public safety leader with more than 30 years of experience as a state-level deputy cabinet secretary, state agency head, metropolitan fire chief/commissioner, big-city emergency management director, incident commander, company officer, fire and emergency services instructor, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter, swift-water rescuer, and rescue scuba diver.

He has directly participated in the planning, response, and recovery efforts for a number of presidentially declared disasters and national special security events, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hurricanes, floods, and pandemics. Thiel is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Thiel earned an M.Sc. in cities from the London School of Economics and an MPA from George Mason University, and has completed doctoral coursework in both public administration and public policy. He is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow, an Eisenhower USA Fellow, and a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow.