David Garratt currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Emergency Management.
Since joining the FEMA team in 1995, Garratt has served in Deputy, Acting, or full leadership roles for numerous offices and divisions at FEMA. The key functions he filled over the years include; FEMA Deputy Administrator, Associate Administrator of the Mission Support Bureau, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Disaster Assistance, Deputy Director of Recovery; Director of Preparedness; Director of Assessments and Exercises; Chief of Capability Assurance; and Executive Operations Officer for the Response, Recovery and Readiness Directorate.
Some of Garratt’s achievements include; leading the National Emergency Support Team in response to the 9/11 disaster, establishment of the first Homeland Security Coordination Center, and the development of the Catastrophic Incident Annex and Supplement for the National Response Plan. He also was responsible for the establishment of the National Emergency Management Baseline Capability Assessment Program, the development and implementation of the President’s Disaster Assistance Improvement Plan, and served in key leadership roles for numerous Presidentially-declared disasters.
Garratt served previously as the Command and Control Programs Manager for the United States Air Force. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. He and his wife Susan reside in Glenn Dale, Md.