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RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has named Andres “Andy” Alvarez as the Deputy State Coordinator of Mission Support. In this role, Alvarez will serve on the senior leadership team and will oversee divisions including: Information Technology; Training, Education and Exercises; Finance and Grants; and Human Resources.

“With his strong state government, public safety and policy expertise, Andy will be a significant asset to our agency and the 134 localities with which we work daily to provide emergency management services statewide,” said Jeff Stern, VDEM’s State Coordinator of Emergency Management. “His insights are a welcome addition to our leadership team and we expect he will provide strategic direction and oversight to the important work for our Mission Support Bureau.”

Alvarez joins VDEM after serving as the Chief of Administration at the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF). Before joining DOF, he was the Director of the Division of Consumer Protection at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Alvarez also worked with the Portsmouth Virginia Police Department where he served as Planning = Director and Administration Bureau Commander.

He is a past president of the North American Gaming Regulators Association and former ex officio member of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and the Virginia Board for Towing and Recovery Operators. Mr. Alvarez is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and the Executive Education program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and an MBA, both from Old Dominion University. He enjoys competitive rowing and is a coach on his son’s mountain biking team.

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