Eric served at the Federal Emergency Management Agency leading two divisions from 2006 to 2017 in the National Continuity Programs Directorate. Eric was responsible for leading Continuity for Federal, State, territorial, tribal and local governments for the United States. Eric developed Federal policy and requirements, and integrated Federal and non-Federal government programs through joint training and exercises. Eric managed requirements, planning guidance, training, exercises, assessments and operational support to help ensure Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local governments continue their essential functions under all conditions. Prior to assuming responsibility for division leadership, Eric served in various management positions within the National Continuity Programs Directorate beginning in 2002.
Since 2016, Eric serves as a U.S. Representative to the NATO Civil Preparedness Group providing alliance and bilateral resilience and civil preparedness improvements.
Eric served in FEMA’s recovery operations from 1998 to 2002. He held various management positions in providing federal individual disaster assistance, individual family grant disaster relief in coordination with State governments, cooperative disaster relief with the American Red Cross, and cooperative relief with international organizations worldwide.
Eric began his government service in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and also studied as an exchange student at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His active duty service included six years at sea aboard Coast Guard Cutters and three years on the staff of the First Coast Guard District Commander. Eric served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Red Oak from 1991 to 1993. Eric served as an Aide to the First Coast Guard District Commander as well as on his operations staff. After leaving active duty Eric continued to serve in the Coast Guard Reserves, recently retiring after 30 years combined service.
Eric worked in the manufacturing industry from 1993 to 1998. He held several management positions in plastic container manufacturing and quality control including responsibility for the production of over $60 million in annual sales.
Eric holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from James Madison University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a Master Continuity Practitioner, Level II. He and his family reside in central Maryland where he is active in several volunteer organizations in his community.
In 2018, Eric Kretz began supporting the Department of Energy in Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations on a long term contract in the Washington DC region.