Tuesday, November 28, 2023

FEMA 'NEW' National Advisory Council (NAC) members. November 2023


FEMA Welcomes New National Advisory Council Members

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the appointment of 12 new members and reappointment of two members to the agency's National Advisory Council.


The National Advisory Council is comprised of 40 geographically diverse emergency managers, emergency responders and subject matter experts from tribal, state, territorial, and local governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. The 14 new and reappointed members will join the council beginning Dec. 1 and will guide future recommendations centered around readiness, climate resilience, and gender-based violence in the aftermath of disasters.


This year, Carrie Speranza, director of Esri’s Emergency Management Solutions, is the new National Advisory Council chair, making her the first woman to lead the Council. Speranza previously served as vice chair alongside outgoing Chair Jeff Hansen, director of the Office of Emergency Management for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.


The National Advisory Council advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for disasters and national emergencies. 


The following 12 members will begin their terms on Dec. 1:

  • Councilman Nelson Andrews, Emergency Management Director, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. 
  • The Honorable Jill Boudreau, Mayor, City of Mount Vernon, Washington. 
  • Chloe Demrovsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Disaster Recovery Institute International. 
  • Thomas Jenkins, Fire Chief, City of Rogers, AR, Fire Department. 
  • Michael Méndez, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning & Public Policy, University of California, Irvine. 
  • Thomas Munoz, Deputy Director and Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Houston, Office of Emergency Management. 
  • Brittany Perkins Castillo, Chief Executive Officer, AshBritt, Inc. 
  • Salvatore Scarpa, Fire-EMS Chief, Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services 
  • The Honorable Frank Scott, Mayor, City of Little Rock. 
  • Seth Statler, Director of Government Affairs, National Fire Protection Association. 
  • David Thomson, Clinical Professor and Medical Director, College of Health and Human Services, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University.
  • Michael P. Williams, Sr., Akiak Native Community Tribal Judge, Yupiit Nation. 


The new members will be accompanied by two reappointed members:

  • Donald Bliss, Vice President, Field Operations (Ret.), National Fire Protection Association
  • Brian Strong, Chief Resilience Officer and Director, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco


Council members concluding their terms on Nov. 30, include:

  • Jeanne Abadie, PACE, Program Manager, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana Department of Health.
  • Sue Anne Bell, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan. 
  • Donna Boston, Senior Manager, Business Resilience and Emergency Planning, Southern California Edison. 
  • Paul Downing, Indian Township Tribal Council Member, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. 
  • Jeff Hansen, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 
  • Anna Lang, Research Engineer, Founder, Zylient. 
  • Linda Long, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Philadelphia Fire Department. 
  • Tina Titze, Director, South Dakota Office of Emergency Management. 
  • James Waskom, Director (Ret.), Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 



For additional information on the council, visit FEMA.gov


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