Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Department of Health and Human Services

Mr. Gabriel is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In this role, he serves as prin­cipal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on all matters pertaining to and in support of the Department’s public health emergency pre­paredness and response and recovery activities, programs, and policies. Mr. Gabriel provides strategic oversight to the organization with an emphasis on enhancing state and local preparedness, policies and plans relating to public health and medical emergencies, emergency response op­erations, financial analysis and advanced development of and manufacturing of critical medical countermeasures for man-made and naturally occurring public health threats.

Prior to joining ASPR, he served as Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity, for The Walt Dis­ney Company. He was responsible for the development and implementation of global policy, planning, training and exercises to manage crisis, provided leadership and direction to east and west coast medical and emergency medical operations, the Walt Disney Studio’s fire depart­ment and provided crisis support with global business units. During Crisis incidents his department managed response operations, communications methodology and disaster and business recovery.

Preceding this private sector position, Mr. Gabriel held positions in New York City. He was a twenty-six year Paramedic veteran of New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) retiring as an Assistant Chief/Division Commander. He was assigned to New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC*OEM) as Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness and was responsible for all preparedness and planning-related strategy, projects and initiatives until he retired from NYC Government.

Mr. Gabriel has served on several National Academy of Sciences – Institute of Medicine (NAS-IOM) committees including Chair of the Standing Committee for the De­partment of Homeland Security (DHS) on Health Threats Resilience, and IOM Committee on Crisis Standards of Care and the Disaster Resource Guide Editorial Board. He currently serves on the Department of Homeland Se­curity (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Advisory Council (NAC). Addition­ally he served on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Board of Scientific Counselors for the Coordinating Of­fice for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.

Mr. Gabriel lectured to international leaders at General George C. Marshall School of International Studies Pro­gram on Terrorism and Security Studies presenting on methodologies for crisis planning and preparedness. He continues to lecture nationally and internationally on cri­sis management, business continuity, emergency manage­ment, policy strategy, planning and preparedness, WMD, terrorism and emergency medical topics. He has published articles on related subjects and still actively participates on a number of national terrorism, all hazards preparedness and health related committees.

Mr. Gabriel is credentialed, through the International As­sociation of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), the Disaster Recovery Insti­tute International (DRII) as a Certified Business Continu­ity Professional (CBCP) and by the State of New York as a Paramedic (AEMT-P). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from the College of New Rochelle and a Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) from Rutgers University.

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