Christina Farrell serves as the First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department. Farrell joined the City of New York in 1994 as a coordinator in the Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. She has also served as the deputy director of the NYC High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the deputy director and director of the Mayor's Office of Grants Administration. She worked on the creation of the Twin Towers Fund after 9/11.
She joined NYC Emergency Management in 2003 as the agency's first director of grants. She created the agency's external affairs division, first serving as the assistant commissioner of the division and then the deputy commissioner. During her tenure in external affairs, she oversaw various programs and initiatives used bolster the agency's mission to educate the public, including the agency's emergency preparedness campaign with the Ad Council, expanded elected official outreach, the use of social media to keep New Yorkers informed, and working with the private sector. She has responded to many major New York City disasters over the past 20 years, including the citywide blackout of 2003, Hurricane Sandy, severe heat, snowstorms, power outages, steam pipe and building explosions, and coastal storms.
Farrell holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and economics from Colgate University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently enrolled in the executive leaders program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.