Anne Kronenberg was appointed Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) in December 2010. Kronenberg directly supervises three deputy directors and oversees a department of 253 employees and a budget of $50 million. She previously served for 16 years as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In that role, she was responsible for disaster preparedness, pre-hospital emergency medical services, medical surge, multiple casualty incidents and mass prophylaxis planning.
Kronenberg serves as chair of the Approval Authority for the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which manages over $150 million in federal homeland security grant funding for the 10 Bay Area counties.
Kronenberg has extensive government experience, having worked at the federal level in Washington DC, for Senator Ted Kennedy; at the state level as Chief of Staff for Assemblyman John Vasconcellos; and at the local level on both the legislative and executive sides of government. She began her long public service career as an aide to the late Supervisor Harvey Milk, after running his successful election campaign to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Kronenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Deputy Director, Division of Emergency Communications
Robert Smuts is a Deputy Director for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, where he leads the Emergency Communications Division. Robert is an experienced administrator with a background in emergency management and public safety.
Smuts previously served as the City Administrator for New Haven, Connecticut from 2007 to 2013, he was the chief administrator for most operational departments and provided budget and personnel oversight. During his tenure he established the Department of Public Safety Communications which created a combined public safety answering point for all police, fire, and emergency medical services. As part of his duties, Smuts also served as the City of New Haven’s Director of Emergency Management. Prior to serving as City Administrator, Smuts was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of New Haven.
Smuts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University.
Deputy Director, Administration and Support
William Lee is a Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management, where he has overseen the Administration and Support personnel since 2002. The administrative staff are responsible for performing department-wide functions, such as budgeting, accounting, grant administration, purchasing, human resources, recruitment, payroll, IT support, and facility management.
Since 1997, Lee has served as the Chief Finance Officer for several City and County of San Francisco Departments, including the Solid Waste Management Program, the Department of Human Resources, and the Department of Emergency Management. In addition, Lee was part of the 9-1-1 Project Team, which implemented and established the current 9-1-1 Communications System, the 800 MHz Radio Network System, and the Combined Emergency Communications Center.
Lee holds a BS in Environmental Economics from U.C. Berkeley. He is a native San Franciscan and graduate of Lowell High School.