Tracey Braden

Assistant Director for Disaster Assistance & Recovery

(504) 988-9912


With extensive knowledge of and experience with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster cost recovery process, Tracey reports directly to the Executive Director of Emergency Management and works collaboratively across Tulane departments to develop and implement efficient systems and processes that are anchored in best practices and maximize Tulane’s ability to recover costs and build back stronger post disaster. As the Assistant Director she develops standard operating procedures (SOPs) based upon FEMA approved procurement and documentation requirements and provides relative training to other team members.

Tracey serves as Tulane’s direct point of contact for FEMA and the State of Louisiana’s public assistance program representative. In this capacity she oversees all project worksheets (PWs) and serves as lead negotiator in the close out process of existing and future FEMA claims. Tracey has a bachelor's degree of architecture and more than 25 years’ experience in construction project management and for the past 4 years she’s served as the FEMA/GOHSEP liaison at a local university.  This direct experience has given her the expertise to navigate the technical and challenging reimbursement processes. 

With these skills she is uniquely positioned to assist Tulane with recouping much needed federal funds.  Coupled with her construction project management Tracey is prepared to assist the Emergency Preparedness team with developing policies, procedures and strategies that will help guide the university in quickly responding to disasters effecting its facilities. By creating comprehensive plans in advance of weather related disasters, she plays a key role in organizing the cost recovery, so that the facilities can be restored, in a timely fashion.