We send our congratulations to Laura Kavanagh on her appointment as commissioner of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
“We look forward to seeing the great work Commissioner Kavanagh will accomplish as the new leader of FDNY, and we applaud her historic appointment,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “The Foundation has a long and rich history of working together with FDNY to provide the survivors of our nation’s fallen firefighters with the assistance, comfort, and hope they need. While serving as Deputy Commissioner, Laura joined us as a climber at our National 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which funds programming to support the families of fallen firefighters and the FDNY Counseling Service Unit. NFFF’s work has also aligned with FDNY via ongoing efforts to reduce preventable line-of-duty death and injury, which is an important goal for the entire fire service.”
As FDNY commissioner, Commissioner Kavanagh will oversee the day-to-day administration of the agency’s 17,000 employees and $2 billion budget. Among her many FDNY achievements, Kavanagh directed the firefighter recruitment campaign that yielded the most diverse applicant pool in the department’s history—and led to more women serving as FDNY Firefighters than ever before. Prior to serving at the FDNY, she served as a special assistant to Mayor de Blasio and has worked with non-profits, community-based organizations, and unions to advance their organizational goals.
Kavanagh has a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Whittier College, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, and is an alumnus of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Summer Institute.