Wendy Smith-Reeve began her tenure as Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management in May 2013, assuming the duties of Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) in November 2013.
As Director of Emergency Management, Smith-Reeve manages the state's emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. As Deputy Director for DEMA, she supports the agency Director/Adjutant General in ensuring agency alignment with the Governor's vision and priorities.
Smith-Reeve joined DEMA's Division of Emergency Management in September 1996 as a finance specialist for the Public Assistance Program within the Recovery Section. She was progressively promoted through the section and became Assistant Director of the Recovery Section in 2009. During her 20-year tenure at DEMA, Smith-Reeve has supported and/or managed state response and recovery efforts for more than 90 state disaster declarations, and 12 presidential disaster declarations.
In April 2015, the Emergency Management Accreditation Program reaccredited Arizona in affirmation that the state's emergency management program meets industry-recognized national standards.
Smith-Reeve is a current member and former president of the Arizona Emergency Services Association. She is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and currently serves as NEMA President. Smith-Reeve also supports the: Senior Advisory Committees for the Arizona departments of homeland security and health services; the Governor's Council on Infectious Disease; serves as Co-chair for the Governor's Drought Interagency Coordinating Group; and member of the State Emergency Council.