Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Leader - National Incident Management Assistance Team – Blue (N-IMAT Blue)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Michael Byrne leads FEMA’s National Incident Management Assistance Team – Blue (N-IMAT Blue). He has 32 years of Public Safety and Disaster response experience in increasingly responsible positions. His career contains a strong portfolio of first hand emergency response, disaster management, recovery program execution, senior level management and policy positions. Mr. Byrne spent the first 20 years of his career with the Fire Department of New York. During his career in NYC he also spent a number of years with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management as 1st Deputy Director. In 1999, Mr. Byrne joined FEMA as the Region 2 Response and Recovery Division Director. He held the position of FCO (Federal Coordinating Officer for a number of disaster responses and his time in FEMA was punctuated by holding the position of Operations Chief for the response to the 9/11 attack on the WTC in NYC. In late 2001 Mr. Byrne was recruited to join the newly created Office of Homeland Security in the White House where he join Gov. Ridge as the Senior Director for Response and Recovery and was responsible for developing innovative policy like the National Incident Management System, National Response Plan and the creation o0f the First Responder grant Program which is the largest increase in federal support to State and Local First Responders. Mr. Byrne spent two years as the Director of Justice and Public Safety at Microsoft Corporation. In this position he led numerous efforts to introduce the creative use of technology in support of the missions of all Public Safety organizations. In 2006 he was recruited to join ICFI a management consulting firm and while there he lead development of their Homeland Security and Public Safety portfolio and lead a number of projects the most significant as Chief Program Executive for a 10 Billion Dollars recovery program in Louisiana post hurricane Katrina and Rita. During the past year in his position as N-IMAT team Leader he worked a number of complex incidents spending 3 month in Haiti post hurricane and is currently the Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster response in Alabama for tornadoes.