Peter Gaynor

Peter Gaynor has been named Acting Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security

January 13, 2021: Peter Gaynor has been named Acting Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. He succeeds Chad F. Wolf, who resigned. Prior to being named Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr. Gaynor served as the Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in that position on January 14, 2020. He has more than 11 years of experience in emergency management. Prior to taking the role of FEMA Administrator, Mr. Gaynor served as the Director of Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) in 2015. He also served as the policy advisor to Governor Gina Raimondo on emergency management issues. From March 2008 to December 2014, Mr. Gaynor served as the Director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Office of Homeland Security, where he was the only Certified Emergency Manager assigned as a municipal emergency manger in Rhode Island. He also served for 26 years as an enlisted Marine and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Gaynor holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Rhode Island College and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program.


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