The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative

Jodi Traversaro

Regional Training & Exercise Program Manager

As the Regional Training and Exercise Program Manager of the Bay Area UASI, Jodi is responsible the creation, implementation and management of the Bay Area UASI regional training and exercise program and Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program under the direction of the General Manager.  Jodi will assist the General Manager to provide region-wide leadership and administration of all training & exercise initiatives under the federal homeland security grants awarded to the Bay Area Region, in direct support of the homeland security strategies approved by the UASI Approval Authority.
Jodi’s career history includes overseeing the Coastal Region of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) where she led a team supporting local and regional preparedness as well as response and recovery efforts for multiple Local, State and Federally declared disasters including fires, floods, and earthquakes.  Her experience also includes oversight of the California Specialized Training Institute, implementing SEMS/NIMS statewide, developing occupational certificate programs, and implementing ICS position-specific credentialing programs. Jodi worked for the Bay Area Rapid Transit during the Public Safety Power Shut Offs, and was the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management managing and supporting the COVID-19 Pandemic and Civil Unrest response and recovery efforts.
Jodi grew up in the Bay Area, earned a BS in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has been a Certified Emergency Manager for over a decade. Jodi was the recipient of the 2018 Public Safety Hero of the Year Award by Congressman Mike Thompson and was recognized on the Senate Floor by Senator Mike McGuire for her leadership and support of local government during the North Bay Fires.