Title/Position: Director, Office of Emergency ManagementProfile:
Matthew Shpiner is director of Emergency Management for the University of Miami. Mr. Shpiner joined the University staff in October 2011 and is currently responsible for coordinating the University’s emergency response and continuity planning with a goal of creating a disaster-resilient University. Prior to becoming the director of Emergency Management, Mr. Shpiner served as emergency manager for both the Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campuses. At the medical campus, he was responsible for developing emergency management policies, plans, and procedures for the Miller School and UHealth – the University of Miami Health Systems. During his time at the Rosenstiel School, he established professional standards for safety and security operations and participated in the development of the University’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Prior to joining the University, Mr. Shpiner served as a regional emergency management planner for Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management. As a student at UM, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008, Shpiner co-founded and served as vice president of operations for the ‘Canes Emergency Response Team (CERT), the nation’s first student-organized and operated community emergency response team. Before heading to Northeastern University, where he earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2010, Mr. Shpiner worked as a crime prevention specialist for the UM Police Department, where he created the Student Patrol Program, which, like CERT, still operates today.