Cecilia Warren is the Director of Emergency Preparedness Policy for Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), which is a cabinet level agency representing policy and programs across the spectrum of government. In this role, she is an emergency manager, accessibility expert, and policy advisor. Ms. Warren received an MBA and MS in Technology with a concentration in Homeland Security from UMUC. She earned a BS in Fire Science from UMUC and an AAS degree in Emergency Medical Services from AACC. Ms. Warren has also completed numerous courses sponsored by the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. She has developed several training programs for law enforcement and public safety agencies pertaining to the safe and efficient management of incidents involving people with disabilities. Prior to losing her eyesight, she served for nearly 20 years as a career fire officer and paramedic in the fire department. She is partnered with her guide dog, Yale.