Stephanie Tennyson is the Deputy Director for FEMA’s Office of External Affairs.
Prior to this position, Tennyson was the Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs. In this capacity, she was DHS liaison to the Nation’s more than 500,000 elected and appointed officials. These officials included governors, State Homeland Security Advisors, mayors, county executives, state legislators, leadership of the 566 federally-recognized Native American and Native Alaskan tribes, emergency managers, and the national associations that represent these officials. In her capacity as the Career Deputy since March 2008, Tennyson oversaw the IGA team, managed the day-to-day office functions, and supervised the coordination and consultation with the Department’s intergovernmental stakeholders. As the Deputy, she worked with the Assistant Secretary on information and intelligence sharing initiatives as well as directly managing IGA’s collaboration with FEMA IGA, the Council of Governor’s, the Secretary’s Military Advisor, and the Science and Technology Directorate.
Prior to joining the Department, Tennyson was the Director of Communications and Government Relations at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The Potomac Institute is a not-for-profit national security, science and technology research institute based in Arlington, Va. In her position, she managed the Institute’s outreach and external affairs matters regarding the Institute’s work in science and technology policy, national security issues, and international terrorism. She also coordinated the Institute’s educational efforts for Congressional Members and staff on national security and technology issues.
From May 2004 to April 2006, Tennyson was the Manager of External Affairs in the Under Secretary’s office at DHS’s S&T Directorate as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act from Potomac Institute. She was responsible for outreach to the Directorate’s various stakeholders. She also handled various complex S&T policy matters for the Assistant Secretary as well as oversaw the Directorate’s Congressional reporting process.