A fourth-generation public servant, Gregg Favre is a 25-year veteran of public safety and a military officer.
Currently serving as the Executive Director of the St. Louis Area Regional Response System, Gregg leads a multi-state public safety organization, that contributes to the protection of million residents across the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In this role, he leads an all-hazards team of emergency management specialists who coordinate policy, planning initiatives, training, and funding for public safety agencies across the region.
Prior to his current role, Chief Favre served as Deputy Director of Public Safety for the State of Missouri. As Chief of Operations for the state’s largest cabinet department, he served as the director for several entities, including the State Fire Marshal, the State’s Office of Homeland Security, the State Highway Patrol, the Missouri National Guard, and the State Emergency Management Agency. He also served as the principal Homeland Security advisor to two Governors.
In this role he led a team of more than 15,000 public safety employees through the administration of statewide initiatives, including the construction and execution of policy, budgets, strategy, legislation, and legal issues. Operationally, Chief Favre led the response for the state’s largest emergencies and federally declared disasters, commanding resources in major criminal events, historic natural catastrophes, and complex emergency management incidents.
Prior to his appointment with the state, Gregg served with the St. Louis Fire Department as a member of the Fire Chief’s Command Staff, leading initiatives in the areas of strategic planning, special operations, and homeland security. He served as the incident commander for a variety of events and emergencies, including White House dignitary visits, the World Series Playoffs for Major League Baseball, and the nation’s second largest Mardi Gras celebration.
In addition to his career in public safety, Gregg serves as a United States Naval Officer & parachutist, leading Sailors and Soldiers in a reserve, joint-branch intelligence unit, focused on national security missions in the Middle East.
Gregg is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a master’s in Security Studies and
a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine, where he earned a master’s degree in public health and emergency management. He is a former Harvard Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government & Chan School of Public Health where he co-authored and published research on civil unrest, and he remains a non-resident lecturer for Harvard in the areas of government, security, and policy.
Gregg regularly provides public and academic commentary on public safety issues and has been featured in a variety of print and academic textbooks and on international outlets, including the BBC, CNN with Anderson Cooper, the London Times, MSNBC, and FOX.
Gregg has received numerous citations and commendations for his professional endeavors, including the ‘St. Louis Titan’ award for “exceptional executive leadership”, the Firehouse® Heroism Medal, the Governor’s Medal of Merit for saving the life of police officer, the St. Louis Fire Department’s Distinguished Service Medal, and the Missouri State Troopers Award for Innovation & Leadership. He is also a two-time recipient of the Police & Firemen’s Association Lifesaving Award for acts “above and beyond the call of duty.”