Brian Kamoie was appointed by President Obama as Assistant Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Grant Programs in April 2013. In that capacity he oversees over $17 billion in grant programs to build, sustain, and improve our national capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kamoie served as Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff (NSS) from 2009 to 2013. In that role he led a team of professionals in the development of national policy related to all-hazards preparedness, individual and community resilience, public health and medical preparedness, domestic critical infrastructure protection and resilience, national security/emergency preparedness communications, and preparedness grants. While at the NSS, Mr. Kamoie led the development and implementation of key initiatives, including the Administration’s strategic approach to enhancing national resilience, as reflected in the President’s National Security Strategy; Presidential Policy Directive 8 on National Preparedness, including the first-ever National Preparedness Goal; policies on medical countermeasure development and distribution (e.g., Executive Order (EO) 13527: Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack); biosafety & security (e.g., EO 13486: Strengthening Laboratory Biosecurity); and dual use scientific research. He also supported the review and revision of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-7 (Critical Infrastructure Protection); EO 12472 (National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications); and EO 12919 (National Defense Industrial Resources Preparedness). He briefed national media routinely (on and off the record) on Administration homeland security policies and priorities and was profiled on the C-SPAN/Brian Lamb Q&A Program in May 2012.
Mr. Kamoie also played key roles in the United States response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic; Haiti earthquake (January 2010); Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 2010); and Japan nuclear emergency (March 2011). He was recognized by the President’s National Security Advisor for outstanding service as part of the National Security Staff H1N1 pandemic influenza team (2009) and Japan nuclear emergency team (2011).
Before joining the National Security Staff, Mr. Kamoie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Director of the Office of Policy, Strategic Planning & Communications at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, he led in the development and implementation of key national policies, including the National Response Plan and National Incident Management System, the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, and a number of Homeland Security Presidential Directives.
Prior to his work at HHS, Mr. Kamoie was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Management and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where he taught classes in public health law, health services law, and homeland security and public health policy. He is a 2009 senior fellow of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, and served on the adjunct faculty from 2006-2013. Mr. Kamoie received his bachelor’s degree in policy studies and political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. and a law degree and masters degrees in public health and political science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where was managing editor of The George Washington Law Review.