For Immediate Release
February 17, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that Rene Fielding has been named Acting Director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In this capacity, Fielding will have direct oversight of the office’s emergency planning, training, and exercise programs and manage relationships with regional, state, and federal homeland security partners. Fielding succeeds current Director Donald McGough, who is leaving to be Assistant Vice President for Risk, Strategy, and Business Continuity at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Fielding previously served as Deputy Director of OEM. This transition will be effective Friday, February 24.
“Rene has been a terrific asset to the Emergency Management team for several years and I am thrilled to see her expand her role with us. Her experience working with the City’s first responders and coordinating emergency response plans makes her an outstanding leader for the agency during this period,” Mayor Menino said. “I would also like to thank Don McGough for his dedication to making Boston a safer city. He leaves an outstanding legacy of community engagement around preparedness.”
As Deputy Director of OEM since 2006, Fielding has spearheaded efforts to enhance community preparedness through the City’s ReadyBoston program, improve first responder training with the UrbanShield training exercise, and ensure accountability of federal grant programs. Fielding also represents the City on various working groups, including FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness working group. Prior to joining the City, Fielding oversaw homeland security grant programs with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. There, she managed key programs that supported statewide efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major emergencies.
“I am honored to continue to serve Mayor Menino and the citizens of Boston as Acting Director of OEM. I look forward to working with the Mayor and all of our public safety and officials to ensure the safety and security of all our residents,” Fielding said.
For more information about the Office of Emergency Management, visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/OEM/.