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About OEM: Meet OEM's Executive Staff

Calvin Drayton
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.

James Esposito 
Deputy Commissioner for Planning & Preparedness

James Esposito joined OEM in 2014 after a 40-year career at the NYC Fire Department, working in all five boroughs and fire commands throughout New York City, and serving as a member of the Fire Commissioner's staff for the past decade. Most notably, he served as the 15th Division Commander in Brooklyn, the Bronx Borough Commander, and as the Manhattan Borough Commander. Jim also served as FDNY Chief of Fire Operations overseeing the efforts of 10,500 firefighters and fire officers throughout all five boroughs, including all FDNY planning, operations, and logistics for the past two years. As Deputy Commissioner of Planning & Preparedness, Jim will oversee all of the agency's planning and preparedness activities. He will advise the Commissioner on all programmatic and policy decisions relating to emergency preparedness and interact with senior management and operations staff at all local, state and federal agencies, the private sector, public authorities, and nonprofit organizations involved in emergency planning and response activities in NYC. He is a graduate of Manhattan College.

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 intergovernmental affairs, 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.

Nancy Greco Silvestri
Press Secretary
Nancy Greco Silvestri joined OEM in 2011 working as a Communications Specialist, and then was promoted to Deputy Press Secretary in September 2012. Nancy has worked in many significant events, including the East Harlem building collapse, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, many winter storms, and severe summer heat waves. As Press Secretary, she manages OEM's day-to-day press operations and serves as the agency's chief spokesperson, developing and distributing information to the news media. Prior to joining OEM, she worked as a public affairs aide and community research assistant for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs for the Town of Hempstead. Silvestri holds a bachelor's degree in journalism (summa cum laude) and her master's in government and politics (summa cum laude) from St. John's University.
 
Stella Guarna
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.
 

Henry Jackson
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.

Jonathan Jenkins
Assistant Commissioner for Logistics

Jonathan Jenkins is OEM's Assistant Commissioner for Logistics. He is responsible for managing all aspects of logistics at OEM, including the Citywide Logistics Program, the NYC Emergency Supply Stockpile (ESS), distribution, staging, supply chain analyses, and other aspects of disaster logistics planning and response. He is also one of three managers of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Since joining OEM in 2006, he has led several disaster logistics initiatives, including a program to build the City's all-hazards ESS, along with planning for and building out the City's Logistics Center (LC) for disaster logistics operations during emergencies. Jenkins also represents New York City on the Port of New York/New Jersey Area Maritime Security Committee. Prior to working at OEM, Jenkins worked as an emergency planning consultant at the U.S. Congress and as an emergency management consultant for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters and the U.S. Department of Defense. Jenkins holds dual bachelor of science degrees in biotechnology and biology from the University of Kentucky, and a master of arts degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University.
 

Frank McCarton
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.
 

James McConnell
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).  
 

Megan Pribram
Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness

Megan Pribram is OEM's Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness. She oversees the agency's planning divisions, including Continuity of Operations (COOP), Hazard Mitigation, Health and Medical, Transportation and Infrastructure, Plan Management, and Human Services. She has coordinated development of citywide emergency response plans, such as the Debris Management Plan, the Transit Strike Plan, and the Healthcare Facility Evacuation Plan. Prior to joining OEM in 2004, Pribram managed 9/11 recovery programs with a nonprofit in New York City. Pribram has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College.

Stacy Rosenfeld
Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Finance

Stacy Rosenfeld is the Deputy 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.