Press Release

Peter Gaynor joins GEI to direct Resilience, Response, and Recovery Programs

August 10, 2022

BOSTON, Mass. (August 10, 2022)Pete Gaynor, CEM, has joined GEI Consultants as Senior Vice President and Director, National Resilience, Response, and Recovery Programs. A former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Pete has transferred to GEI from our sister company, The LiRo Group. Pete will further develop and strengthen GEI’s national, industry-leading water resources practice.

“We are so pleased to welcome Pete to our team,” says Scott Wallington, GEI’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “Our public and private clients are navigating resiliency challenges in a fast-moving natural environment. We know that Pete’s expertise will add significant value as he helps clients manage their water resources. Pete is already engaged nationally with the GEI team and our clients, and we look forward to building our resiliency, response and recovery capabilities together.”

Pete has served several administrations at the local, state, and federal levels and is well respected by both sides of the aisle. As a Certified Emergency Manager, he has a distinguished record of providing continuity of operations, government, and the critical functions required to maintain effectiveness, readiness, and survivability. Pete’s expertise dates from his service in the United States Marine Corps, where he directed around-the-clock operations supporting the Corps’ global crisis response after the 9/11 attacks.

Most recently, Pete served as the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Administrator of FEMA in October 2018 and advanced to FEMA Administrator in March 2019. Peter joined The LiRo Group in April 2021.

“I’m excited to continue my work towards building a more resilient nation with the GEI team,” says Pete. “Along with the work we did at The LiRo Group, the GEI skillsets with expertise in infrastructure, water, and energy help communities across the country reduce risk by designing and building a resilient future.”

Like GEI, The LiRo Group is part of the Global Infrastructure Solutions (GISI) family of companies. Peter will continue to serve as a resource to The LiRo Group, furthering efforts and engaging clients involved with current projects. The move to GEI will expand his platform, reach, and impact within the entire GISI family of companies.

Pete earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is also a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program.

About GEI: GEI Consultants, Inc. is a consulting engineering firm that delivers professional services that improve our world’s built environment. With more than 1,000 staff and 46 offices in North America, GEI is a leader in providing multi-disciplined engineering and environmental services to a range of private and public sector clients, both domestically and abroad.

As a member of the employe-owned GISI family of companies, we foster personal relationships with our clients and support our staff in a partnership model, which is underpinned by continuous learning and sharing of knowledge. We retain proven, recognized experts and attract the best minds to deliver to our clients a refreshing blend of technical expertise, collaborative spirit, and innovation that is rare in our profession. We engineer solutions in five primary end markets: Water Resources, Energy, Buildings, Infrastructure, and Industrial. For more information on GEI, please visit

About Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc.: Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. (GISI) provides the resources its partner companies may require to gain the competitive advantage for success in construction services, construction management, engineering and consulting. Our management teams, and employees as shareholders are invested in contributing to and benefiting from our growth, performance and results. GISI partner companies operate throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Learn more at

About The LiRo Group: Founded in 1984 and merged with GISI in October 2020, The LiRo Group is an award-winning engineering, program and construction-management firm. LiRo has extensive expertise in transportation, infrastructure and public-works projects and serves public- and private-sector clients throughout the northeast United States and in California. Visit for more information.

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