Rob Freeman

Assistant General Manager
City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD)

Rob Freeman is the Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD).  He has worked for the City of LA for thirty-five years, twenty-five of those in Emergency Operations. He supervises EMD’s five operating divisions (Operational Readiness, Planning, Training and Exercise, Community Preparedness and Engagement, and Finance and Administration.  He chairs the City’s Emergency Management Committee (EMC) and serves as Executive Assistant for the City’s Emergency Operations Board (EOB).

Rob was among the first emergency managers to join the City’s Emergency Management Department in 2000 and has worked in Operations, Planning, Training and Exercise and Finance and Administration during his tenure.

Rob has been an emergency manager since 1994 serving as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the City’s Department of General Services, Office of the City Administrative Officer and the Emergency Management Department.  He has worked numerous EOC activations and served as a member of the Project Management Team for the design and construction of the current City EOC which opened in 2009.  Rob was responsible for the design, layout and technology concept of operations for the EOC and various support rooms in this 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in downtown Los Angeles.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University Northridge in 1981 and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from UCLA in 1986.  He was also awarded a Certified Emergency Manager credential in 2002 and serves as an instructor for the City’s EOC 101/201/301 course series.  He resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California and is married with two sons ages 28 and 24.