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Biography: Don Boyce, J.D.,

Director, Office of Emergency Management
Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Don R. Boyce is a member of the United States Senior Executive Service and is a Deputy Assistant Secretary for HHS/ASPR and Director of the Office of Emergency Management.  In this capacity, Don oversees the federal government’s primary planning, response and recovery efforts for public health and emergency medical support, known as Emergency Support Function # 8 of the National Response Framework. His office manages the HHS Continuity of Operations Program, the Operations Division and the 24/7 Secretary’s Emergency Operations Center; the Fusion Division; the Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs Division (PREP), the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), the National Hospital Preparedness Program (NHPP), Logistics, the Planning Division; as well as the Department’s leadership of the Public Health and Medical Services Sector of the Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program, and health and human services recovery functions    as they apply to Presidential Preparedness Directive 8 (PPD8).

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Prior to his position with HHS, Mr. Boyce served as the Region 1 Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role, he was responsible for all FEMA mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities in the six New England states comprising FEMA Region I.


Prior to federal service, Mr. Boyce served as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency where he was responsible for coordinating statewide response operations across the Commonwealth during large scale natural and man-made disasters. In that position, he led state and local officials in statewide efforts to develop, direct, and implement all-hazards emergency management plans and created the Emergency Management Directors Advisory Committee to open communications between state agencies and local communities. He also designed and implemented a mobile response capability bringing technology and resource management capabilities to remote disaster locations.

Previously, Mr. Boyce served as the Corporate Director of Emergency Management for Continuum Health Partners in New York City, serving as the first planning and preparedness lead for emergency management in the seven hospital network.  Don worked with state and local officials on surge initiatives, emergency response plans, and bioterrorism preparedness and response activities. Continuum Health Partners Emergency Management Department was awarded the Center of Excellence designation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene during his tenure as Director.  He was also the board advisor for the New York City Fire Department on 911 Ambulance Service in New York City. 

Mr. Boyce began his distinguished career with the New York City Emergency Medical Service and the New York City Fire Department where he held positions as Tactical Patrol Unit Paramedic, Lead Instructor/Trainer, Deputy Director of Labor Relations and the Director of the FDNY Special Investigations Unit.

Mr. Boyce also holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.

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  • This page last reviewed: August 21, 2017