Corey Gruber serves as the Assistant Administrator, National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Directorate has a $500 million budget, five business units, and over 300 personnel charged with coordinating and developing the capabilities and tools necessary to prepare for terrorist incidents and natural disasters. He previously served as Acting Deputy Administrator of the newly formed Directorate and led its April 2007 integration into FEMA.
Previously, Gruber was Acting Assistant Secretary of Grants and Training in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) former Preparedness Directorate, overseeing the administration of $3 billion in grant programs. His other assignments within DHS include serving as the Executive Director of the National Preparedness Task Force, and leading the implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-8 (National Preparedness).
Before joining the federal government in 2001, Gruber was Deputy Director of the Emergency Management Division for Research Planning, Inc., where he supported planning, training, exercise, and continuity needs for public and private sector clientele. He oversaw conduct of over 250 training exercises for 120 major metropolitan areas to help those areas prepare for response to terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.
A retired U.S. Army officer, Gruber also served as Chief of Plans for the Department of Defense’s Director of Military Support, where he was responsible for Military Support to Civilian Authorities, including planning and response to more than 50 major disasters and emergencies, and management of classified continuity of operations programs.
Gruber is the recipient of the 2006 Secretary’s Silver Medal, which is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the department and the federal government. Gruber received a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree from Chapman University. He was also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in Georgia in 1980. He is married and has two children, including a son who serves in the U.S. Army Special Forces.