Bradford E. Billet serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the NYC Mayor's Office for International Affairs (formerly the Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol). He was first appointed to this position by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in 1997 and reappointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002. In this position, Deputy Commissioner Billet is the agency's chief operating officer, he directs and advises on all substantial policy issues, represents the City's interests when negotiating on matters with foreign governments, the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of State. He also mediates commercial disputes between New York City businesses and foreign governments in the interest of all parties.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Billet held several appointments during the Giuliani Administration. He served as Deputy Agency Head at the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and Associate Executive Director at the New York City Emergency Medical Service (EMS), where he was chief operating and administrative officer, overseeing a 3000+ person agency with a budget of more than $180 million. Mr. Billet co-created the City's Certified First Responder Program and was the chief architect of the EMS and FDNY merger. As part of Mayor-Elect Giuliani's transition team in 1993, Mr. Billet served as an advisor on health and public safety issues.
Mr. Billet is also an expert in public safety management and emergency response, having worked in and lectured on related issues for more than 25 years. In the wake of the September 11th attacks, he served as the Mayor's Office operations director at the City's Emergency Operations Center and the Family Assistance Center, managing the response and recovery efforts for international victims.
Mr. Billet has served on corporate boards and management teams in the private sector. He was co-founder of Minpetro, Ltd., an oil exploration and trading company, where he served as chief financial officer, negotiating major contracts and concession agreements with former Soviet Union republics and African nations.
He has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career and continues to lecture on public safety and management and leadership. Mr. Billet was honored as New York State American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year in 1993 and has been nationally recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager and Continuing Legal Educator. In 2002, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Mr. Billet an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School. He was born and raised in New York City.