VP, Emergency Response
Areas of Expertise:
- Emergency response
- Disaster preparedness and risk reduction
- Disaster recovery programs, including health systems recovery
- Immediate and long-term needs of disaster survivors
- Relief efforts after tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters
Garrett oversees AmeriCares response to earthquakes, floods, famines, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other humanitarian crises worldwide. He deploys emergency response teams for both international and domestic emergencies, coordinates large-scale deliveries of medicines and relief supplies for disaster survivors, develops and implements health-sector recovery initiatives and designs disaster preparedness programs.
Garrett has overseen AmeriCares responses to dozens of emergencies including the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Syrian refugee crisis, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and deadly cholera outbreaks in Somalia and Sierra Leone. In the United States, Garrett’s team of emergency response experts responds to tornados, wildfires, hurricanes and major floods. In 2012, he launched AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program, which provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of survivors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Over the years, Garrett’s work with AmeriCares has taken him to El Salvador, India, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sierra Leone and the Philippines.
Garrett came to AmeriCares in 2011 after more than a decade in the field of emergency preparedness, response and recovery. His experience includes managing the delivery of disaster grants to New York City after the 9/11 attacks, assessing FEMA and HUD recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, and designing emergency response plans for the city and county of San Francisco. Garrett earned a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Williams College.
Garrett has been interviewed by CNN, USA Today, Time, The Los Angeles Times, Sky News, WCBS Radio, NPR and The WPIX Morning News, among other media outlets.