Making Order Out of Chaos

Genaro Martinez de Villa
Federal Emergency Response Official
CCC, 2014 / A.S., 2016

Providing a challenging and important service, Genaro “Gerry” Martinez de Villa is an emergency management expert, who recently graduated from Palm Beach State College’s certificate and A.S. degree programs in Emergency Management. Now a federal emergency response official with the U.S. government, he assists with the planning for federal response to locally declared disasters. He plans for emergency situations and trains first responders and other personnel to better manage a disaster scene, essentially “making order out of chaos.” Recently, he was the lead evaluator for the largest federal full-scale exercise ever held in Florida.

Martinez de Villa was originally drawn to service when he signed up as a disaster services volunteer for the American Red Cross. He completed the Red Cross’ basic volunteer class about eight weeks before Hurricane Andrew, which changed the landscape of the emergency management industry.

Since then, he has developed a deep passion for emergency management and disaster science. This passion led him to the classroom, where he taught for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Born in Manhattan, Martinez de Villa was raised in Florida, Spain and Puerto Rico. A believer in the concept that you are never too old to learn, he looks forward to the time when his family will watch him graduate with a bachelor’s degree and later a master’s degree.