Kurt Schwartz has served since 2010 as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which is state agency that operates the State Emergency Operations Center and is responsible for ensuring the state’s preparedness to withstand, respond to, and recover from natural and technological hazards, terrorist attacks, and other types of disasters and emergencies caused by intentional and accidental acts. During his tenure as Director, he has managed the response to, and recovery from a number of Presidentially declared disasters resulting from floods, tornadoes, blizzards and severe winter storms, hurricanes, the 2013 terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, and a massive water system failure that disrupted water supplies to three million people.
From 2010 to early in 2015, while serving as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Schwartz also served as the Undersecretary for Homeland Security in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. In that role, he provided strategic leadership to the Massachusetts National Guard, the Department of Fire Services, the Commonwealth Fusion Center, and the Homeland Security Division, and he served as the state's Homeland Security Advisor and chair of the State’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Schwartz served as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Mr. Schwartz has also worked as a state criminal prosecutor, a police officer, and an emergency medical technician, and he holds a law degree from Boston College and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.