First Deputy Commissioner
Calvin G. Drayton is OEM's First Deputy Commissioner. Commissioner Drayton is responsible for overseeing the agency’s operations divisions, including Field Response, Watch Command, Planning and Preparedness, Training and Exercises, and Technology. Drayton joined OEM in 1996 and worked his way up to Deputy Director of Operations, supervising the agency’s field operations. He managed all operational response parameters during the countless interagency emergencies that followed the collapse of the World Trade Centers. In April 2002, Drayton was appointed OEM's First Deputy Commissioner. He studied business administration at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.
|Jacob Cooper |
Deputy Commissioner for Training, Exercises and Evaluation
Jacob Cooper joined OEM as an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in summer 2002 after four years at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. As Deputy Commissioner for Training, Exercises and Evaluation, Cooper is responsible for overseeing the Training and Exercises Division, the agency’s Evaluation and Improvement Program, administration of the City’s Emergency Operations Center, and the maintenance of the Citywide Incident Management System. Cooper is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard University and received a master's in public administration from Binghamton University and a bachelor's degree from Alfred University. He is an avid runner and won the New Jersey Marathon in spring 2005.
|Rachel Stein Dickinson|
Deputy Commissioner for Finance, Policy and Administration
Rachel Stein Dickinson is the Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Finance and Policy. She oversees all agency budgets and fiscal practices including procurement and grants, as well as the personnel, policy, and continuity of operations planning (COOP) divisions. Prior to joining OEM in 2002, Stein Dickinson worked in the Mayor’s Office as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Operations. She has a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Hobart and William Smith College, a master's in public administration from George Washington University, and is a doctoral candidate in urban planning at Columbia University.
|Christina Farrell |
Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs
Christina Farrell, Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs, joined OEM in 2003. She is responsible for the agency’s communication with outside entities, including press, the general public, community groups, and private sector partners. She also oversees community outreach and Ready New York, the City’s preparedness campaign. Prior to coming to OEM, Farrell served as the director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Grants Administration. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and economics from Colgate University and a master's in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs
|Stella Guarna is OEM’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs. She advises the Commissioner and OEM executives on legal matters, negotiates and reviews contractual agreements and procurement issues, and advises on employment issues. Guarna also coordinates with general counsels of other city agencies to discuss policies during emergencies and natural disasters. Previously she served as law clerk to two New York State Supreme Court Justices and was in private practice for several years. Guarna is a graduate of City University of New York and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.|
Deputy Commissioner for Technology
Henry Jackson is OEM's Deputy Commissioner for Technology. Since 2002, he has been responsible for the design and maintenance of all the agency's technology needs. After the City’s EOC was destroyed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Jackson gathered a team to design and build a new center. He procured all the necessary resources and opened the new EOC in 32 hours. Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner for Technology, Jackson served as the Deputy Director for Administration at OEM. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he directed the construction of three disaster assistance centers which helped more than 3,000 displaced Gulf Coast residents adjust to their new lives in New York City. A 1982 graduate of Hobart College, Jackson also holds a master's in public administration from New York University.
Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness
Kelly McKinney joined OEM as the Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness in January 2006. He oversees the agency’s planning departments, including Health and Medical, Logistics, Transportation and Infrastructure, Plan Management, and Human Services. Previously, McKinney was an Associate Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, responsible for the detection and prevention of environmental health hazards in New York City. During this time he also worked closely with OEM on the Point of Distribution (POD) plan for mass immunizations. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and a master's from Columbia University.
Assistant Commissioner for Preparedness
Dina Maniotis is OEM’s Assistant Commissioner for Preparedness. She is responsible for managing all human services planning, preparedness, and response activities at OEM. She also manages the Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant Program on behalf of OEM. Maniotis has coordinated the development of a number of major citywide plans for NYC focused on assisting individuals and families affected by disasters, including the Family Assistance Center Plan, the Disaster Assistance Service Center Plan, the Donations and Volunteer Management Plan, the Disaster Animal Response Plan, and the Special Needs Advance Warning System. Prior to joining OEM in 2006, Maniotis worked in the nonprofit sector, most recently at the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn-Queens. Maniotis has a bachelor’s degree from LaVerne University and graduate degrees in liberal studies, family therapy, and public administration.
Assistant Commissioner for Logistics
Alex Markowski is OEM’s Assistant Commissioner for Logistics. He is responsible for managing logistics and support services at OEM, including the Citywide Logistics Program, the NYC Emergency Supply Stockpile, and OEM facilities, fleet, fire safety, and worker health and safety. He is also one of three managers of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Logistics Program Lead for the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant Program. Since joining OEM in 2003, Markowski has led several disaster logistics initiatives including a program to build the City’s stockpile to support 70,000 people in emergency shelters for up to seven days. After Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008, he was detailed to the EOC in Harris County, TX, to support the Logistics Section. Markowski holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Loyola University, and a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.
Deputy Commissioner of Operations
Frank McCarton is OEM’s Deputy Commissioner of Operations. A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program, McCarton most recently served as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Operational Development at the Boston Fire Department (BFD). Prior to BFD, McCarton was Undersecretary of the California Emergency Management Agency when the state’s Office of Emergency Services merged with the Office of Homeland Security. He helped oversee California’s response to several major wildfires, mudslides and earthquakes. McCarton also served as Deputy Commissioner for Public Information in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management from 1999 to 2004. Among the first responders to the September 11th terrorist attack, he organized the City’s Crisis Communications program and served as the City’s primary spokesperson. Deputy Commissioner McCarton brings over two decades of achievement in the fields of operations, emergency management and crisis communications to OEM.
Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data
James McConnell, OEM's Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data, joined OEM in September 2001 to direct Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The GIS staff is responsible for providing reliable geospatial data to long-term planners and to decision makers during emergencies. The division’s major efforts include the development of the Public Safety GIS Data Development Center, the collection of critical infrastructure data sets and regional GIS data sets, and the development of an OEM Intranet mapping service. Previous to his work at OEM, McConnell worked for 16 years at the NYC Department of City Planning as an Associate City Planner. He managed neighborhood rezoning, community-based planning efforts, and the training of planners in the use of GIS. McConnell has a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and was a Public Service Scholar at Hunter College (graduate program in urban planning).
Christopher Miller joined OEM as Press Secretary in July 2012. Before OEM, he was the Director of Public Affairs at the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA), overseeing communications, press, publications, and outreach. Serving in that position from 2004 under two commissioners he launched various initiatives, including the agency’s revamped website and social media efforts. Prior to DFTA he worked in the Mayor’s Office of AIDS Policy Coordination and the NYC Health Department doing HIV/AIDS health policy and communications. He began his career as an assistant editor at Popular Science magazine, writing features and editing the "What’s New" section. Miller has been volunteering as an EMT in New Jersey for over 15 years. He received his master's degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and his bachelor's degree in biology from Boston College.
Assistant Commissioner for Administration and Finance
Stacy Rosenfeld is the Assistant Commissioner for Administration and Finance. She is responsible for managing the agency’s finance, grants and procurement units and she acts as OEM’s Agency Chief Contracting Officer. Rosenfeld also serves as the agency’s main liaison with oversights including the Office of Management and Budget and the Comptroller’s Office. Prior to joining OEM in 2002, Rosenfeld worked as an Assistant Director at the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Scripps College and two master’s degrees from Columbia University, one in public administration and one in social welfare policy.