Jeff Braun is an experienced professional administrator who has worked in local government for over twenty years, including service as City Manager in three communities. Braun earned a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. He is recognized as a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners, and has also been designated as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association.
He was appointed Emergency Management Coordinator of Fort Bend County in 2003. During his tenure, Braun has upgraded the County’s emergency management program through a strategy focusing on partnerships, communication, and equipment upgrades. He was named the “2006 Emergency Manager of the Year” by the Emergency Management Association of Texas as a result of his efforts to build programs that increase crisis preparedness in all eighteen jurisdictions of Fort Bend County through projects such as the formation of a Countywide PIO Network, the development of a Countywide Debris Management Plan, deployment of two regional hazardous material response teams, and construction of a state-of-the-art EOC. In 2008, Braun received accreditation as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
He holds memberships in several professional organizations, recently being elected to the Board of Directors of the Emergency Management Association of Texas. He serves as Chair of the Regional Collaboration Committee of the Houston Urban Area Security Initiative Working Group; a member of the UASI Houston Urban Area Executive Committee, and was appointed in 2006 to the Texas Preparedness Advisory Committee by Jack Colley, the State’s Chief of Emergency Management. Since 2005, he has served on ICMA’s Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee, assigned to the work group focusing on public safety and emergency management.