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Jerry W. Tate

Jerry W. Tate is a member of the Global Resilience Institute’s Post-Disaster Assessment and Advisory Team.

Tate is a Certified Emergency Manager and the former Director of the Boulder, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. Following Hurricane Katrina, Jerry worked as an emergency planner for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security developing the evacuation plan to assist those citizens who could not self-evacuate. This plan was later used successfully in 2008 for the evacuation of New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav.

Prior to beginning a career in emergency management in New Orleans, he spent 32 years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He served as the Special Agent in Charge for the New Orleans Field Division, overseeing ATF enforcement and compliance activities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Jerry held several other positions with ATF including Deputy Chief Special Operations Division; Special Agent in Charge Tactical Response Branch; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Office of Inspection; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Washington Field Division.

Jerry served two years in Lyon, France in the Terrorism and Public Safety Section of Interpol. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and was certified by the Federal Office of Personnel Management for the Senior Executive Service (SES). Jerry is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former Marine and Vietnam veteran.

GRI’s Post-Disaster Assessment and Advisory Team is a group of experts with deep operational experience in disaster response. Working in ways analogous to National Transportation Safety Board teams, GRI’s team conducts extensive analysis and in-depth interviews about the disaster, the response and recovery efforts.