About Commissioner Bray

Commissioner Jackie Bray

Commissioner Jackie Bray stands between two flags against a grey background

Jackie Bray is the first female Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Jackie most recently served in New York City’s COVID-Response, first managing hospital surge capacity during in early 2020, and then as Deputy Executive Director of the New York City Test and Trace Corps.

Prior to taking on pandemic response responsibilities, she was the inaugural Director of the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants where she built a new office from the ground up focused on tenants’ rights and protecting the City’s two million renter households.  She served as the First Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive homeless system, where she oversaw day-to-day operations, implementation of the City’s Turning the Tide on Homelessness Plan, and all rehousing programs.

Previously she served as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the City’s Department of Social Services, and as a policy adviser at City Hall focused on mental health policy and programs.

Before joining New York City government, Jackie served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Chief of Staff at the National Weather Service (NWS), where she focused on stabilizing the nation's weather satellite programs, implementing the Weather Ready Nation vision, and developing climate adaptation policy.

Jackie is an alumna of the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.