Deborah Ingram’s public service career spans more than 30 years and includes broad experience in a variety of programs at the federal and local government levels. She is currently the Acting Director of the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC), which has the responsibility to lead, train, equip, and manage FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officers (FCO) and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators (FDRC) to ensure their availability for rapid deployment in response to any disaster; deliver training to develop and sustain FCO and FDRC professional competencies; and coordinate FCO and FDRC assignments to meet the on-scene needs of FEMA and its emergency management partners.
Previously, Ms. Ingram served as the Assistant Administrator for the Recovery Directorate. In this capacity, Ms. Ingram had responsibility for leadership and oversight of mandated federal disaster assistance programs that support individuals and communities affected by disasters in their efforts to recover, including individual assistance, public assistance, long-term community recovery, and mass care and voluntary agency coordination.
During prior service, Ms. Ingram held a variety of senior positions in FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Directorate, where she was responsible for programs that assist states, tribes and local communities to reduce their risk to natural hazards and disasters. Among her many achievements, Ms. Ingram was instrumental in leading the unification of hazard mitigation grant programs, building strong relationships with FEMA’s partners and during the Summer of 2010, she provided key leadership in development and support of the Integrated Services Team during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Prior to coming to FEMA, Ms. Ingram spent eleven years at Environmental Protective Agency (EPA), where she held a variety of senior and management positions in strategic planning, and administration and resources management.
Ms. Ingram started her public service career working at the local government level in North Carolina and later in Virginia, where she managed and implemented a variety of federally funded grant programs.
Ms. Ingram holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Psychology from George Mason University and a B.S. in Psychology from East Carolina University.