Nancy J. Dragani
Executive Director, Ohio Emergency Management Agency
As director of the Ohio EMA, Nancy J. Dragani leads the state's coordinated preparedness and response to both man-made and natural disasters, administers the State Homeland Security Funding Program, and oversees disaster recovery and mitigation efforts. Ms. Dragani has served as the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency since January 2005.
Prior to becoming executive director, Ms. Dragani served as the Director of Operations at Ohio EMA where she was responsible for emergency preparedness training, exercises, planning, homeland security and preparedness grants and response operations in the State Emergency Operations Center during disasters.
Ms. Dragani serves on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council, the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Advisory Board and has held the office of president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).
During her career, Ms. Dragani has held a variety of positions with local, state and the federal government including the director of administration, the public information chief for the Ohio EMA, magazine editor with the Ohio National Guard and radio/television broadcaster with the United States Army. Ms. Dragani retired from the Ohio National Guard with 22 years of combined U.S. Army, Army National Guard and Air National Guard service.
Ms. Dragani is a graduate of the Executive Leadership program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and received a Masters of Arts degree in Homeland Security in March 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Dominican College.
Ms. Dragani resides with her husband and two children in Columbus, Ohio.