Eric Smith joined FEMA in April 2007, as the Assistant Administrator for the newly created Logistics Management Directorate. Under his leadership, FEMA Logistics has implemented a highly effective and efficient organizational support structure, instituted comprehensive and fully collaborative logistics planning, developed technical assistance tools and coupled with targeted training to enhance region and state logistics capabilities, strengthened relationships with primary federal logistics partners and, developed a stronger and more productive relationship with national volunteer agencies active in disasters (NVOADS) private sector functional representatives.
During the past six years, Smith has matured the organization into a transparent and flexible logistics operation while enhancing its capabilities in the planning, procurement and delivery of goods and other services in response to major disasters and other national emergencies and special events.
Smith came to FEMA from his last military active duty assignment as the senior executive assistant to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency where he was responsible for all facets of executive level support and tasks for the nation's largest combat support agency; a $34 billion Joint Service activity with a worldwide workforce of more than 21,000 civilian, active duty and reserve joint service personnel. During his 24 plus years of duty he served in multifunctional logistics management and operations positions from strategic to end-user level in support of Department of Defense, joint service, and Department of State multinational peacekeeping forces.
Smith's military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award); Meritorious Service Medal (Six OLC); Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd award); Army Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2nd award); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Multinational Forces and Observers Medal (2nd award); Parachutist Badge; and Army Staff Badge.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the U.S. National War College in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Smith was raised in Columbus, Georgia. He is married to the former Soizik Howard from Tacoma, Washington; they have two sons, Collin and Brennan.