Charlotte Hyams Porter serves as the Director of the Office of the National Advisory Council (NAC) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she provides strategic direction and guidance to the NAC on emergency management policies and programs.
Prior to this position, Ms. Porter served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where she coordinated Agency engagement with state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders and the nonprofit organizations that represent them. In this role, Ms. Porter established relationships with elected and appointed officials and constituency groups, facilitating dialogue on emerging issues, providing technical assistance, and communicating critical information to this audience.
Preceding her work at FEMA, Ms. Porter was the Senior Director of Public Health Preparedness at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), where she oversaw the Public Health Preparedness portfolio for the organization and supported state and territorial officials in their public health and healthcare system preparedness planning initiatives. During the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, Ms. Porter coordinated ASTHO’s organizational response including the activation of ASTHO’s first-ever Emergency Operations Center.
Ms. Porter has worked at state and local health agencies, including Texas and New Jersey, in emergency preparedness and response. She has also specialized in maternal and child health education, developing and delivering curricula to teens, new parents, and medical providers.
Ms. Porter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health in International Health from Loma Linda University.