The White House announced this evening that President Trump has nominated Deputy Administrator Peter Gaynor to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Gaynor has served as the acting administrator of FEMA since March 9, the day after Brock Long left the agency. In May, Trump nominated Associate Administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery (ORR) Jeff Byard for the lead role, but withdrew his nomination last week.
Gaynor was confirmed unanimously as the FEMA deputy administrator by the Senate in October 2018. He has more than 12 years of experience in emergency management at the local, state and federal levels. Gaynor served as the director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) & Office of Homeland Security from March 2008 to December 2014, where he was the only Certified Emergency Manager assigned as a municipal emergency manager within the state of Rhode Island.
He was appointed as the Emergency Manager for the state of Rhode Island in January of 2015, where he served until 2018. During his tenure, at both the state of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency City of Providence, he oversaw multiple response and recovery operations as well as managing numerous federally declared disasters.
Gaynor served in the United States Marines from 1977 to 1981 and from 1986 to 2008.