Angela R. Gladwell serves as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Risk Management Directorate within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Throughout her more than twenty years of experience in emergency management and environmental policy and over twelve years leading federal programs, Ms. Gladwell has worked to inform public decision-making and improve inter-governmental collaboration, partnership and transparency in reducing the nation’s risk to natural disasters. Ms. Gladwell was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2016.
Under Ms. Gladwell’s leadership, the Risk Management Directorate delivers quality risk data, modeling, and programs that increase the public's awareness of risk across the range of natural hazards. She directs FEMA’s Risk Management programs ensuring the Federal Government is a leader in prioritizing federal investments for mitigation and resilience, implementing higher codes and standards for federal action, and assisting communities in reducing disaster costs. These programs include the Risk Mapping, Analysis, and Planning (RiskMAP) Program which includes the Flood Hazard Mapping Program under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Building Sciences Program, the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP), and the National Dam Safety Program. She also directs the national hazard mitigation planning requirements under the Stafford Act and FEMA’s actuarial and catastrophic modeling responsibilities.
Ms. Gladwell co-chairs the inter-agency Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) that coordinates mitigation and resilience efforts across the Federal Government in consultation with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments as well as the private sector. With her leadership, MitFLG is developing the National Mitigation Investment Strategy that is intended to increase the effectiveness of investments in reducing disaster losses and increasing resilience, and to provide strategic planning considerations for the federal government, as well for SLTT entities and the private sector in making resource allocation decisions.
Before joining the Risk Management Directorate in 2016, Gladwell spent the last decade as the Director of FEMA’s Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation. During this time, she significantly matured the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s environmental compliance function to meet the rapidly evolving nature of emergency management programs and operations as a result of major disaster events including 9/11, and Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy, and subsequent legislative change.
Ms. Gladwell holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington).