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Speaker Biography: Henry Renteria

Henry Renteria Henry Renteria

Govenor's Office of Emergency Services

Henry Renteria is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). Since his appointment by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 3, 2004, Renteria has directed the State’s response and recovery efforts for the State of Emergency in San Joaquin County following the Jones Tract Levee break, as well as the major disasters declared by the President after heavy rains, flooding and mudslides affected several California counties from December 27, 2004, through January 11, 2005 and from February 16 through 23, 2005. Currently, the OES Director is guiding State recovery efforts stemming from severe rain and storms that have led to a State of Emergency proclamation covering 23 of California’s 58 counties.

As the Director of OES, Renteria is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and, as Chair of the Region IX Committee for NEMA’s Board of Directors, represents Region IX states in the development of NEMA positions and polcies.

Prior to his appointment as OES Director, Renteria was as at the helm of the City of Oakland’s Office of Emergency Services. While there, he coordinated the City’s response and recovery operations for the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm, the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and six other Presidential Declared disasters. During his tenure in Oakland, Renteria helped design and implement the original Emergency Managers Mutual Aid Program (EMMA) deployed to Southern California following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. He was also responsible for citywide disaster planning, response, recovery, and mitigation programs and management of the Homeland Security, and Hazardous Material Regulatory Programs.

Before serving the State and City of Oakland, Renteria spent 10 years as Executive Director of Crisis Invention of Houston, Texas, a crisis intervention suicide prevention center. Renteria was then a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator for Contra Costa County’s Office of Emergency Services. In that capacity, he helped develop the county’s emergency plan, provided technical emergency services to cities within the county, helped develop a Hazardous Material Inspection Unit for the county and designed and implemented countywide and city exercises.

Renteria is Past State President of the California Emergency Services Association, and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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