USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Peter Gudaitis has served as the president of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), and as a consultant, recovery contractor, researcher and trainer since 2007. He lectures nationally and internationally on interfaith and inter-religious partnerships and disaster management, as well as on religious literacy and competency in crisis settings, and disaster readiness, response and recovery best practices.

Since November 2012, he has been on long-term deployment with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) as the chief response officer to Hurricane Sandy, among other recent crises in New York City. He was previously the executive director and chief executive officer of NYDIS, which represents more than 80 faith communities and faith-based organizations.

Gudaitis has over 25 years of experience in chaplaincy, disaster emergency management, faith-based philanthropy, program management and social services administration. As associate director of Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York from 1999 to 2003, he managed community-based outreach and youth grant programs and also directed diocesan 9/11 relief and recovery programs. He has eight years of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) experience.

Gudaitis holds a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church and a B.A. from Kenyon College. He has served on many local and national boards and committees in a variety of capacities.

Peter B. Gudaitis