Executive Director

Colonel (R) Gregory S. Michel was appointed by Governor Tate Reeves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on December 20, 2019. Since taking over, he’s led the State’s coordinating agency through three Presidential Disaster Declarations.

Prior to joining the team at MEMA, Michel served for nearly 30 years in the Mississippi National Guard. He has served in numerous roles from the enlisted ranks to his culminating assignment serving as Installation Commander for Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg, MS.  Camp Shelby is the largest National Guard Training Center in the nation and also serves as First Army’s Mobilization Force Generation Training Center for Active DoD service components and National Guard.

Michel is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He serves as Chairman for the Governor’s Defense Initiative Task Force and is a member of the Governor’s School Safety Task Force.

Michel is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in business.  He is also a graduate of the United States Army War College, where he earned his master’s degree in Strategic Studies.