Christopher Paquet

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy - 2005

Deputy Director, Policy & Strategic Initiatives - Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Office of Emergency Management and Response
Christopher Paquet

Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?

Upon graduating from college with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Law, I was sure of only one thing—I wanted to do something in life that would help the lives of others. NYU Wagner is known for its amazing public service program and its impressive roster of professors sealed the deal for me. If I wanted to help make an impact on the lives of people, a large, complex and diverse city was a challenge I was willing to take on. 

How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?

My experience at Wagner was inspiring! Professors such as Paul Light, Mitchell Moss, Carolyn Berry and many others bring their decades of experience to the classroom, office hours and off-the-clock conversations. Their teaching isn’t solely about strict theory and they teach the practical application needed to succeed a dynamic world.  

Describe your current job.

During emergencies, I serve as a member of New York City’s Incident Command System, working closely with City leadership to respond to a wide array of emergencies: H1N1, Ricin, Hurricane Sandy and most recently, Ebola.  When not activated, I collaborate across other divisions and city agencies to better our response to biological, natural, and man-made disasters. Lastly, I oversee the Policy and Strategic Initiatives Unit, which works to identify innovative solutions to today’s ever-changing preparedness and response challenges.