Matthew Shpiner

Director, Emergency Management

Matthew Shpiner

Matthew Shpiner is the Director of Emergency Management for the University of Miami. In his position Mr. Shpiner is responsible for leading the University's efforts to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale emergencies and disasters. Mr. Shpiner has led University preparation and response to Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Matthew, Zika Virus, Tropical Storm Isaac, numerous significant law enforcement incidents, facility evacuations, hazardous material incidents, and major utility failures.

Prior to moving into his current role at UM in June of 2016, Mr. Shpiner was the Emergency Manager for the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine. In that position, he developed the Health System's All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan, Comprehensive Hurricane Guidelines, and Temporary Staging and Evacuation Center Procedures. Mr. Shpiner also previously worked as the Emergency and Campus Safety Manager for the UM Marine campus where he established professional standards for safety and security operations and developed the University of Miami's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

Before joining the University of Miami in 2011, Mr. Shpiner worked as the Southeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force Emergency Management Planner for the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management.  While at the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management he co-authored the Miami-Dade Deepwater Horizon Contingency Response Plan and worked in Emergency Operations Centers during the 2010 Pro-Bowl and Super Bowl, Operation Haiti Relief, and was deployed to the State of New York in response to Hurricane Irene.  

Mr. Shpiner has a B.B.A. from the University of Miami, M.A. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and has completed the Harvard Kennedy School Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Executive Education Program.

Office: Office of Emergency Management
Telephone: 305-284-8005
Address: 1535 Levante Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33146