By John Hamill, FEMA Region IX External Affairs Director
FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward (bottom row, second from left) was recently inducted into the International Association of Emergency Managers’ “International Network of Women in Emergency Management”. Ms. Ward was recognized for her more than two decades of leadership and accomplishment at both the state and national levels. “It is always gratifying to be recognized by your peers,” Nancy said in reference to the award. “Recent events make it clearer than ever, we need both engaged leadership, and the participation of the Whole Community to be truly effective in disaster management.”
After more than two decades of emergency management success at the California Office of Emergency Services, Nancy joined FEMA’s Region IX office Director of the Response and Recovery Division in 2000 before being appointed Administrator in 2006.
During her FEMA tenure, Nancy has served in various senior management positions in numerous disasters, including the southern California wildfires of 2003 and 2007; the March and April 2006 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in California as well as in Hurricane Katrina and the 911 response in New York City.
The respect in which Nancy is held in the emergency management community was further evidenced when she was appointed FEMA's senior transition official for the 2008 presidential transition and served as Acting Administrator for FEMA from January 21, 2009 to May 16, 2009. Nancy returned to her position as the Regional Administrator of the FEMA Region IX office when Craig Fugate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Administrator of FEMA.