Paul F. Ford currently serves as the Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA Region I, including the six New England States. Since 2007, Paul Ford has served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for Region I.
Ford joined FEMA in 1992. He began as a Natural Hazards Program Specialist in the Mitigation Division. He later coordinated the Project Impact Program and its successor the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program. He also served as the National Flood Insurance Program Regional Insurance Liaison and the Floodplain Management Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut. As the Insurance Liaison, he has met with the State Insurance Commissioners, Banking Commissioners and the Federal Lending Instrumentalities to discuss the National Flood Insurance Program Reform Act of 1994.
Ford served previously as the Acting Regional Administrator in Region I from January 2009 – July 2010.
In 2006, Ford became the Regional Emergency Analyst working directly for the Regional Administrator until taking his current position. He also recently served as the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator in FEMA, Region II in New York concurrently with his position in Region I.
Ford has also served on many disaster assignments in his tenure at FEMA, including Hurricane Andrew, the 1993 Midwest Floods and numerous events in New England.
He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Worcester State College, Worcester, Mass., and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass. He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager.