Garry L. Briese
Garry Briese

Garry is serving as the Executive Director of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs representing Colorado’s senior fire service leaders. He is a Senior Fellow at the Buechner Institute for Governance in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and pro bono is sharing his experience and knowledge with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network as their Executive Director.

Additionally, he is a Principal in the professional services and consulting company, Briese and Associates LLC, and is a member of the corporate Board of Directors of WS Darley Company, an international manufacturer & distributor for the military and emergency services.

From 2011-2103, Garry served as the Local Program Integrator for the Wide Area Recovery and Resiliency Program (WARRP) for the Denver UASI. The $14 million, 2-year program developed the first all-hazard wide area recovery framework in the nation; a template for the development of recovery frameworks in other UASIs and states; and completed and transitioned ten significant science & technology research projects for chemical, biological and radiological response and recovery.

In 2008, he was appointed by the Secretary of DHS as the Regional Administrator for DHS/FEMA Region 8, and served until January 2009. Prior to DHS/FEMA, he served as Vice President, Emergency Management & Homeland Security for ICF International, a NASDAQ-listed professional services corporation.

Garry served for 23 years as the CEO of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and previously as CEO of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Board of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of the IAFC Foundation.

He has addressed conferences on emergency management, homeland security and leadership across the United States and in Japan, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored three text books, multiple book chapters, and many articles in professional journals.

Most recently, he co-authored the chapter “Federal Response: Assisting without Overwhelming” in the book Responding to Catastrophic Events: Consequence Management and Policies, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2013.

Mr. Briese has a B.A. in International Relations and Masters in Public Administration. He enjoys hiking & backpacking and downhill skiing.