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.
For more than ten years, Deborah Ingram has served in a variety of senior positions in Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Headquarters. She is currently the Assistant Administrator for the Recovery Directorate. In this capacity, Ms. Ingram has 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. These programs, constitute the majority of the resources provided by the Federal Government through FEMA to directly address the short, medium, and long-term impacts of a disaster on individuals and communities.
Previously, 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.
Ms. Ingram was appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service in August 2007.
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.