Deanne Criswell was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department in 2019. She is responsible for oversight of the City's efforts to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, coordinate emergency response and recovery, and disseminate emergency information. As NYC Emergency Management Commissioner, Criswell has managed the City's response to emergencies including extreme summer heat, large fires, and power outages including blackouts on the west side of Manhattan and in southern Brooklyn in July 2019, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also coordinated the City's readiness for planned events including the 2019 Ticker Tape Parade honoring the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and the 2019 New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the world.
Prior to joining NYC Emergency Management, Criswell served as the leader of one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Incident Management Assistance Teams and as a federal coordinating officer. In this role, Criswell was the primary Federal representative responsible for leading the agency's response to and recovery from emergencies and major disasters, from severe flooding in North Dakota to hurricanes in South Carolina to fires in Colorado. She also served as the head of the Office of Emergency Management for the city of Aurora, Colorado, where she led strategic change in the city's emergency and disaster planning. During her tenure there, Criswell coordinated transitional housing and family reunification efforts in response to receiving 2000 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.
As an executive in the homeland security sector of the Cadmus Group LLC, Criswell served as a principal for clients at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the private sector, providing exceptional technical expertise and the experience necessary to help her clients achieve their critical missions.
As a member of the Colorado Air National Guard, Criswell served 21 years as a firefighter and Deputy Fire Chief. In 2001, she deployed to Kuwait to serve as a fire officer in crash fire rescue efforts, and in 2010, she deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq to advise senior leadership on fire protection requirements for new and existing military bases.
Criswell is a graduate of Colorado State University - Fort Collins, with a Bachelor of Science degree in technology education and training and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado - Denver and a Master of Science in homeland security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Deputy Chief Andrew D'Amora serves as the First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department. Deputy Chief D'Amora was appointed to the New York City Police Department in 1990 and throughout his career has served in several commands throughout the five boroughs including the 60, 70, and 120 Precincts, Transit Districts 12, 20, and 32, the Operations Unit, the Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Task Force, the Operations Division, the Counter Terrorism Division, and the Special Operations Division. Prior to joining NYC Emergency Management, Deputy Chief D'Amora coordinated the NYPD's response to large-scale events like New Year's Eve in Times Square and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy through the Joint Operations Center as the Commanding Officer of the NYPD Operations Division.
Deputy Chief D'Amora most recently served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Emergency Management Department, acting as strategic advisor and counsel to the NYC Emergency Management Commissioner and overseeing programmatic initiatives for the agency. As Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief D'Amora managed a New York City deployment in support of the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and coordinated the agency's response to events ranging from summer heat waves to building collapses.
Deputy Chief D'Amora holds a Master of Science in protection management degree with a concentration in emergency management from John Jay College and a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from St. Joseph's College. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University.