William Smith, Director
Prior to joining the Office of Emergency Preparedness in the summer of 2009, William worked as the Operations Officer for the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. In that capacity, he was responsible for the City and County’s Emergency Operations Center and worked through multiple special events and natural disasters, including the Downtown Atlanta Tornado of 2008. A Marine Corps Veteran, William deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working as an Amorer and Mortuary Affairs Specialist.
William holds a Bachelors of Science from Georgia Tech (INTA ’01) and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State (’05) with a Certificate in Disaster Management. He and his wife, Amanda, also a Georgia Tech alumnus (INTA ’01), live in Woodstock, GA with their two dogs, Hank and Gus.
Laura Gustavson, EM Coordinator
Laura started her career in Emergency Management at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). As a Hazard Mitigation Planner, she focused on preparing emergency plans for Georgia's 159 counties. Laura came to Georgia Tech in 2018 as an Emergency Management Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and again in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Weather and Society. Laura is a certified Emergency Manager in the state of Georgia, making her a valuable addition to the Office of Emergency Management team.
She lives in Lilburn with her husband Phillip, her son Max, and their beagle Scarlett. Laura's passions include sports and weather, and she often jokes that "predicting the weather is almost as hard as being an Atlanta sports fan."