Rene Fielding is Director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the City of Boston. As a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet, Ms. Fielding coordinates the City’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs. She is responsible for oversight of the City’s efforts to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. In this capacity, Ms. Fielding is also responsible for managing homeland security grant programs administered by the City, including the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. OEM has received over $150 million in federal grant programs to improve the City’s resilience to natural and man-made disasters.
Under her leadership, the City of Boston has achieved full accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), one of only four cities to receive this distinction at that time. Ms. Fielding has overseen the expansion of AlertBoston, the City’s emergency notification system, and ReadyBoston, a city-wide community preparedness initiative meant to educate Bostonians about the hazards they may face and empower them to be prepared.
Ms. Fielding directed the planning and execution of the Urban Shield Full-Scale Exercise series for the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The largest exercises ever conducted in Boston, Urban Shield provided critical training to over 3,000 first responders representing law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, public health, and hospitals. Urban Shield is designed to use real-world scenarios to assess and validate the speed, effectiveness and efficiency of capabilities, as well as test the adequacy of plans and procedures.
During her tenure, Ms. Fielding has successfully coordinated the City’s response to several federally-declared disasters. Most recently, Ms. Fielding managed the Emergency Operations Center during the 2015 Historic Winter Season, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, February 2013 Blizzard, and Superstorm Sandy.
Before her appointment, Ms. Fielding worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Executive Office of Public Safety’s Homeland Security Division as the Assistant Director of Grant Operations, where she managed the portfolio of homeland security grant programs that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts received. In this role she was responsible for applying for the grants, creating the homeland security division grant monitoring processes and protocols, and completing federal reporting requirements.
Ms. Fielding received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University.