Dr. Ahsha Tribble has been named the Deputy Regional Administrator for FEMA Region II, with oversight for the operational aspects of regional disaster response and recovery, mitigation and preparedness in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
From September 2017 – September 2018, Dr. Tribble was deployed Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria as the Power Sector Chief for Response and the Infrastructure Chief for Recovery.
Previously, Dr. Tribble served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the FEMA Region IX Office which covered California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Before joining FEMA, Dr. Tribble served as the Senior Advisor to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz and was focused on identifying, strengthening, and integrating DOE capabilities for emergency preparedness and response, security, and resilience, as it related to DOE facilities and assets across the nation’s energy infrastructure.
Prior to her tenure at DOE, Dr. Tribble served more than three years on the White House National Security Council (NSC) Staff, including interim service as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor; Senior Director for Response; and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience. She led or supported White House response coordination and operational policy for major disasters including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene; the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster; major flooding on the Mississippi River and in Colorado; numerous tornados; and the deadly West Texas chemical plant explosion. She has traveled with President Obama and Vice President Biden to disaster areas to provide technical support on Federal response activities. Dr. Tribble also led the development Presidential policies for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, National Special Security Events, and Chemical Facilities Safety and Security.
Prior to joining NSC, Dr. Tribble spent ten years in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As Senior Policy Advisor for Weather and Climate, she oversaw scientific, operational and policy matters related to domestic and international climate services and the provision of weather services. She led the national coordination and planning for hurricane forecast operations for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and conducted routine White House briefings on weather emergencies. Dr. Tribble worked at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and served as Technical Chief of Staff and Senior Science Advisor to the Deputy NOAA Administrator. She represented the U.S. at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties throughout the Bush Administration.
She received a B.S. in Math from Florida A&M University, an M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.