W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM®, TEM®, serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). He was appointed to the position in July 2010. He is responsible for the state’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. In his tenure, the state has managed 11 Stafford Act presidential disaster declarations, 2 Stafford Act emergency declarations, and 58 Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG). Prior to his appointment at TDEM, in April of 1993 he was appointed to the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) and served in positions from firefighter to district fire chief. From 2004 to 2010, he served as Emergency Manager for the city of San Antonio. Chief Kidd is an original member of the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team.
Thomas C. Lambert became President & Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) on March 1, 2014, where he oversees the management and operations of transit services for the nation’s fourth largest city. He had served in this position as an interim since January 2013 and has served the agency for 36 years. Mr. Lambert was previously the agency’s Executive Vice President. He had also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, where he was responsible for numerous departments. He served much of his career at METRO as Senior Vice President & Chief of Police of the Department of Public Safety and was responsible for directing and managing police operations, traffic management activities, High Occupancy Vehicle lane operations and management, emergency preparedness and operations, intelligent transportation systems projects and system safety. Before joining METRO in 1979, Mr. Lambert served as a Senior Police Officer with the Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from the University of Houston.