Transformative Leadership In Disruptive Times Advisory Council Member Profile
Department of Homeland Security - FEMA
Program Manager, Supervisory (Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation Cadre Readiness Branch)
Areas of Expertise
THE SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS LEADER IN THE ESG ERA;PERSONAL LEADERSHIP;CREATNG YOUR OWN PERSONAL TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP PLAN
Chad Ryerson is the Deputy Cadre Coordinator for the Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Cadre within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Directorate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, DC.
As the Deputy Cadre Coordinator, Ryerson is responsible for the supervision, management, and maintenance of five Direct Charge CORE Supervisors of Record who oversee approximately one hundred and twenty Direct Charge CORE employees.
Within this role, he provides expert and strategic guidance to staff in addressing Direct Charge CORE recruitment & selection, performance management, talent development, and resource management in support of disaster operations nationwide. Ryerson also refines the long-range planning of the Direct Charge CORE incident workforce, identifies program deficiencies using innovative techniques to assess strengths and weaknesses, and develops position-specific guidance documents. He graduated from the FEMA Future Leaders Program in 2016 and the FEMA Emerging Leaders Program in 2013.
For the last ten years of Ryerson’s career, he has had one foot in the world of policy and another in the world of program management, through previously serving in the Recovery Directorate as a Process Improvement Analyst, Training Manager, Audit Coordinator, and Reservist Program Manager. These roles have given him a blended experience and unique perspective into the inner workings of the field of emergency management at FEMA. Moving in and out of different roles has kept Chad agile, energized, and motivated.
He previously worked in the field of international development. Ryerson worked as an operations manager for the Carter Center’s international campaign to eradicate the guinea-worm disease in Juba, South Sudan. He also worked as a municipal development Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.