Deputy Director, Disaster Recovery
Mr. Riley serves as the Deputy Director for Disaster Recovery for GOHSEP. Riley came to GOHSEP in June 2007, and served as the Assistant Deputy Director, Disaster Recovery. In that capacity, Mr. Riley is responsible for all recovery activities related to the Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation (HM) Programs authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Act.
Currently Riley is managing efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and eight (8) other open disasters in Louisiana, totaling approximately $18 billion in FEMA PA and HM funding for more than 1,600 applicants and 36,000 projects. Riley is designated the Deputy Governor’s Authorized Representative for all open disasters.
Prior to accepting the position with GOHSEP, Riley was the Legal Advisor to the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a long time, off and on, resident of Baton Rouge, dating back to his graduation for Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1974.
Riley retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2007, after 32 years of reserve and active service. He was last recalled to active duty after the events of September 11, 2001, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, and served for three (3) years as the Legal Advisor to the Standing Joint Headquarters, Homeland Security (HS), U.S. Northern Command. His Reserve and Active duty tours include serving as Assistant Legal Advisor, Commander, U.S. European Command, during Operation Joint Endeavor, and servicing as Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Riley has served in command billets at the company, battalion and division levels.
Prior to his latest recall to active duty, Riley was the Assistant Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phoenix Environmental Services, Inc.; the Vice President and General Counsel of GDC Engineering, Inc.; and was in the private practice with the Baton Rouge law firm of Taylor, Porter Brooks and Phillips for approximately ten (10) years, focusing his practice on tax and business law issues.
Riley holds a Master of Law Degree, with a specialty in Tax Law, from Georgetown University; a Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School; and a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from LSU. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Fifth and First Circuit Courts, the U.S. Claims Court, the U.S. Tax Court, all military courts and all courts of the State of Louisiana.
He has four (4) children, Devon, Kellen and the twins – Sofie and Brogan.