Edward L. Connor currently serves as the Senior Counselor, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, within the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. He worked with two significant public insurance programs, the Federal Crime Insurance Program and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Connor has over 20 years of extensive Insurance Industry experience in Personal Lines, 13 years with Allstate Insurance Company; eight years with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, in the areas of underwriting, controller, marketing, and auditing.
Prior to serving as the Senior Counselor, Connor was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, where he:
- Coordinated and lead all aspects of the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program by directing, developing and coordinating activities and resources consistent with established goals, objectives and policies, on behalf of the Associate Administrator of FIMA
- Managed the flood insurance liability portfolio for the NFIP, including over 5.5 million policies currently valued at more than $1 trillion, and with annual income of over $3.2 billion.
- Was responsible for various NFIP program contracts totally $69 million.
- Lead and provided direction for a complex network of stakeholders and partners that includes over 88 private insurance companies.
- Consolidated and strengthened relationships between FEMA, and the Insurance Industry to include: the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Write Your Own Companies, Producer Associations, and also the Lending Community, State Government Officials and other Federal Agencies.
- Presented the Agency’s point of view on all matters relative to the National Flood Insurance Program at various meetings and conferences including Congressional staff and testimony to the NFIP Congressional Authorizing Committees.
- Interacted and coordinated Program activities with the Flood Insurance Producers National Committee, the Institute for Business and Home Safety Flood Committee, National Conference of Insurance Legislatures, and DHS Office of Inspector General.
During his career at FEMA, he has served in various capacities and activities, and worked closely with public and private risk managers, as well as leaders in government, industry, research and academia. Connor was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2006.
In 2008, he was appointed Acting Administrator of FEMA’s Mitigation Directorate and Acting Federal Insurance Administrator overseeing the National Flood Insurance Program – a post he held until 2011.
He has over 20 years of experience in the Insurance Industry working for two major Property and Casualty Insurers in the areas of Underwriting, Controller, Marketing, and Auditing. In 1992, he joined FEMA as an Insurance Specialist in the Federal Insurance Administration.
A native of Washington, Connor holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Bowie State University, in Bowie, Md., a Masters of Science Degree from the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, and has completed post graduate studies at the Harvard University-John F. Kennedy School of Government.