Anne Grunewald is a nationally recognized leader in the area of disaster human services with nearly fifteen years of experience in the field of emergency management. During her six-year tenure with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) she helped institutionalize a new paradigm in human services disaster recovery. By recognizing and supporting the roles of nonprofit agencies, faith-based institutions and the entire social service sector, Ms. Grunewald helped to integrate a whole new pool of energy and talent into the complex disaster systems in New York City. She expanded OEM’s Human Services department from two to eight staff members and developed programs and multi-sector planning coalitions addressing client service coordination, volunteer management, sheltering, food services, special needs, animal planning and many other issues. While at OEM, Ms. Grunewald served in numerous coordination capacities during disaster operations as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manager. She has worked on heat emergencies, transportation incidents, terrorist events, coastal storms, black outs and ice storms.
Ms. Grunewald’s work as OEM’s human services lead during September 11th recovery operations included creating and leading a multi-agency coalition to design and implement improvements in the coordination of disaster service delivery to more than 80,000 New Yorkers. Ms. Grunewald also has experience in the area of community disaster education. She created both the Citizen Corps Council and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs in New York City, and led the development of a more “urban-centric” CERT curriculum. In 2003, Ms. Grunewald led the development and execution of one of the first large-scale disaster human services recovery table-top exercises in the country which included 230 players from the public, nonprofit and private sectors. She also played an integral role in the design and implementation of many large-scale exercises testing hurricane evacuation decision making, sheltering capabilities, and staff deployment, among others.
Ms. Grunewald is a seasoned public speaker. She has presented at the National Hurricane Conference, state emergency management conferences, and at various New York City forums. Ms. Grunewald has extensive experience writing and supervising the production of contingency manuals including hurricane, winter weather, mass casualty and heat plans, and numerous functional annexes. She worked extensively on Y2K preparedness activities with various city agencies.
Ms. Grunewald also worked with the American Red Cross in Greater New York for five years, where she managed disaster training and deployment programs, served as the lead disaster planner and liaison to government agencies, and co-founded the New York City Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). While at the Red Cross, Ms. Grunewald also served in a leadership capacity during numerous field operations.
In the early 90’s Ms. Grunewald served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in West Africa. Prior to that, she began her career in the field of arts administration working as Marketing Associate for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and as Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras. Ms. Grunewald received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from the New School University – Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy. Ms. Grunewald also serves as the Volunteer Partner to the Director of Planning and External Relations at the American Red Cross in Greater New York, is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and supports local VOAD efforts.