Mary Lynne Miller - Deputy Regional Administrator, FEMA Region IV Biography
Mary Lynne Miller is deputy regional administrator for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV. She administers federal emergency preparedness, prevention and disaster recovery programs and coordinates the efforts of the region’s workforce with state and local emergency management and with FEMA headquarters. Additionally, under the National Response Framework, she is authorized as a member of the principal federal official cadre.
Miller was acting regional director during the years of the largest disaster seasons on record, the 2004 Florida hurricanes (Charley, Frances, Jeanne and Ivan) and the 2005 gulf hurricanes (Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma).
Before being named deputy regional director in 1999, Miller served as chief of the Training, Exercise and Evaluation Branch and as director of the Preparedness, Training and Exercise Division. She was FEMA’s preparedness chief during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta charged with preparing the federal system to respond if needed to any requests for assistance. For the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the first large public event after Sept 11, 2001, she was designated as the federal coordinating officer of the White Team for the Special Olympics, an assignment that drew on her previous Olympics experience.
From 1993-1996, Miller was branch chief for Radiological Emergency Preparedness, supervising off-site preparedness for the 18 nuclear power plants and two Chemical Stockpile sites in Region IV. In 1996, she was named division director.
Miller began her career with FEMA in 1983. Over the next few years, she originated several new programs while serving in a variety of capacities within the flood and technological hazards programs and in the areas of hazardous materials and chemical stockpile emergency preparedness. Following the passage of SARA Title III in 1986, Miller became Region IV’s first Hazmat Coordinator.
A native of Atlanta, Miller graduated from Georgia State University with a geology degree, expecting to spend her career studying rocks. But following FEMA’s creation in 1979, she became convinced that she wanted a career change from geology into emergency management. In 1979, Miller was hired as a floodplain management coordinator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, under contract to FEMA. She still collects rocks and pursues geology as a hobby.
Miller is also a graduate of the Women’s Executive Leadership Program and has continued her education with post-graduate work at the Federal Executive Institute.
She and her husband, Gordon Goff, live in Atlanta.