Sandra K. Knight assumed her duties as the Deputy Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administrator for Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency January 4, 2010.
Knight provides executive leadership, oversight and supervision for the development and administration of regulations, policies and procedures for the Risk Reduction and Risk Analysis Divisions and Offices of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, and Regional and Disaster Support. This includes Floodplain Mapping, Floodplain Management, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants, Building Sciences, Mitigation Planning, Dam Safety, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, and hazardous risk assessment methodologies.
Knight is a member of the Senior Executive Service and comes to FEMA from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she served as the Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation. There she was responsible for the development of corporate policies and planning strategies, to ensure scientific excellence, transparent operations, and improved performance of NOAA's research portfolio.
Prior to serving with NOAA, Knight was a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss., where she was the Technical Director for navigation research and responsible for directing and planning strategic, multidisciplinary research which supported the sustainable development and management of the nation's waterways infrastructure.
Following the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, she stepped in to provide leadership support to the Mississippi Valley Division Corps of Engineers as Chief, Business Technical Division, serving as lead engineer for the Valley. During her last year with the Corps, she was on special assignment to the Corps Headquarters as the team lead for asset management, establishing accountability and life-cycle guidance for over $200 billion of the nation's real property assets.
She received her doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis in 1996. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee. She has been certified by the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers as a Diplomate, Water Resource Engineer and most recently by the newly formed Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers Board of Trustees as a founding inaugural Diplomate, Navigation Engineering.
Knight is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the Women's Aquatic Network, Sigma Xi, and Fellow for PIANC.