Meet the Executive Staff

Christina Farrell, First Deputy Commissioner

Acting First Deputy Commissioner Christina Farrell

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.

NYC Emergency Management Executive Staff

  • Craig Bonney, Deputy Chief Operating Officer
  • Johanna Conroy, Assistant Commissioner, Interagency Coordination
  • Jacob Cooper, Deputy Commissioner, Readiness
  • John Grimm, Deputy Commissioner, Response
  • Natalie Grybauskas, Assistant Commissioner, Response
  • Henry Jackson, Chief Operating Officer
  • Iskra Killgore, Assistant Commissioner, Community Engagement
  • Alex Lam, Chief of Security
  • Sonja Orgias, Acting Deputy Chief Counsel
  • Allison Pennisi, Executive Director, Public Information
  • Megan Pribram, Deputy Commissioner, Planning & Resilience
  • Heather Roiter, Assistant Commissioner, Risk Reduction & Recovery
  • Stacy Rosenfeld, Chief Financial Officer
  • Herman Schaffer, Deputy Commissioner, Community Engagement
  • Anita Sher, Assistant Commissioner, Readiness
  • Nancy Silvestri, EEO Officer
  • Eric Smalls, Chief Technology Offier
  • Ira Tannenbaum, Assistant Commissioner, External Affairs
  • Elisa Urena, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
  • Joseph Whitney, Assistant Commissioner, Logistics