Kaysey L. Grard’s exposure to law enforcement agencies and legal officials as a New Vision Law and Government student in 2007 and 2008 prepared her for a successful career as a liaison for New York City Emergency Management in Brooklyn.
Grard credits her New Vision interactions with helping to define the direction of her career and giving her the opportunity to understand various levels of communication, confidence and the ability to represent a jurisdiction as a public servant.
She lauded New Vision instructor Dianna Nesbitt for being an exceptional role model and great friend to the students she teaches.
The 2008 Paul V. Moore High School graduate received college credit while enrolled in New Vision, a CTE program, and completed her two undergraduate degrees in Linguistics and Globalization Studies from the State University of New York at Albany in 2011.
After relocating to NYC, she worked for a law and urban development firm and completed a Master of Urban Planning degree, specializing in disaster response from New York University in the spring of 2015, prior to starting her career in New York City Emergency Management.
In her main role as the Post-Emergency Canvassing Operations Logistician, Grard must determine how to get critical resources, such as food, water, or medicine, to people within their homes following an emergency.
She also is working on the development of a New York City Incident Management Team, “a nationally-credentialed and trained team that would be on the ground during an event to assist the coordination of personnel responding to an incident.”
Grard will serve as the Logistics Section Chief of that team.
The most valuable learning experiences she has had, Grard said, have been outside of a traditional classroom.
“New Vision is the best opportunity to start building your resume, define your direction, or sometimes, just find that you are interested in something else,” she said.