Joseph L. Nimmich was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Administrator of FEMA in September of 2014.
Previously, Mr. Nimmich served as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery (ORR). In this capacity, he was responsible for directing FEMA’s Response, Recovery, and Logistics Directorates, as well as the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC). Additionally, he was ultimately responsibile for coordinating and synchronizing all of FEMA's Headquarter operational response activities during major disasters and/or emergency activations.
He joined FEMA from the private sector and, most recently, the Raytheon Company where he directed maritime surveillance and security operations as well as their emergency response capabilities. Prior to Raytheon, he served more than 33 years in the United States Coast Guard, retiring as a Rear Admiral. His Coast Guard assignments included numerous commands, including First Coast Guard District where he was responsible for all Coast Guard operations across eight states in the northeast and 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey.
A 1977 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Stern School of Business, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.