Elizabeth A. Zimmerman is the Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery (ORR). ORR is responsible for the coordination and integration of FEMA’s response, recovery and logistics programs and operations. Its mission is to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of disaster response and recovery assistance to individuals and communities impacted by major disasters or emergencies.
Previously, Zimmerman was the Deputy Associate Administrator and served as the principal advisor to the ORR Associate Administrator, coordinating the development of strategic plans and budgets for ORR to successfully accomplish the Agency's mission in accordance with the Administrator's goals and priorities. She worked with other Senior-level FEMA officials to assure that FEMA responds rapidly and effectively to legislative requirements and Presidential directives.
Zimmerman brings years of state-level emergency management experience to her position at FEMA. Prior to her assignment, she served as the Assistant Director of Recovery for the State of Arizona. Throughout the years she acted as the Governor's Authorized Representative for numerous federally-declared disasters as well as scores of state level disaster response and recovery operations.
Zimmerman began her career in Emergency Management with the Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management after the 1984 Salt Lake City Flood. For the State of Utah, she managed several programs including Disaster Recovery, Administration and Recovery, Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness, and Emergency Preparedness Planning.