William Ray was appointed director of Emergency Management in July 2021 and is charged with leading efforts to ensure the state’s preparedness and coordinating needed staff and resources to support local responses to, and recovery from, all hazards and threats. He also serves as the state’s deputy homeland security advisor collaborating with federal and state public safety, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies.
Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He currently serves as Vice Chair of the State Emergency Response Commission, on the Radiation Protection Commission, and on the Interagency Council for Coordinating Homelessness Programs.
Ray also serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor Council (GHSAC) Executive Committee, the GHSAC Foreign Influence Work Group Steering Committee, the ASTHO Preparedness Policy Committee, the NEMA-GHSAC-ASTHO Collaborative, and the N.C. Institute of Medicine’s Pandemic Preparedness Task Force Steering Committee.