Director of the Graduate Emergency Management Program
School for Public Affairs and Administration
Phone: +1 (212) 3431234x2205
Ali Gheith is the director of the Emergency and Disaster Management master's degree program at Metropolitan College of New York. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the entire graduate curriculum, and the hiring of qualified instructors. In early 2003, Gheith joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a coordinator of Population Based Resilience. He responded to every major crisis in New York since 9/11. In 2010, he was assigned as regional coordinator for a citywide H1N1 vaccine campaign effort to inoculate New Yorkers. Gheith is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness through public education, information activities, and raising awareness to move the mental health agenda forward. Gheith coordinated and provided mental health crisis counseling for NYCEM employees and community and faith leaders during the COVID 19 pandemic crisis. Gheith is credential trainer on issues of Social Justice and diversity. Supported staff mental health resilience during activation. Gheith has a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential by IAEM, Certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) FEMA, and certified Lead Auditor by the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience. He has a certificate in advanced studies and research in international organizations. Gheith is professional Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid Instructor. Gheith is an expert in developing culturally competency training workshops for first responders to assist them in providing culturally appropriate services for diverse communities. Gheith is an expert in disaster chaplaincy training for multi- faith communities. Gheith’s areas of expertise includes risk communication, long-term recovery, ethnography, project management, crisis counseling and business continuity. Gheith’s educational background includes studies in Political Science, Social Science, Public Health, Public Affairs and Administration, International Relations, and Emergency Management. Gheith is an expert on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. He conducted the first known research on the mental health needs of New York Muslims and the role of the Imams in the day-to-day lives of American-Muslim communities while working as a senior research assistant at Columbia University. Gheith is the recipient of the NYC Distinguished Service Award for his work with community and faith leaders across New York City. Gheith is a board advisor to the New York Disaster Interfaith Services and the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in NYC. Gheith is the recipient of The Brooklyn Borough President proclamation for the contribution to mental health progress for Brooklyn communities and healthcare workers.