Bridget Bean serves as the Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs. In this role, she oversees the agency’s multi-billion-dollar preparedness grants portfolio and is responsible for agency-wide grants management policy. She is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Grant Management Modernization effort, a $390-million grants system that seeks to improve the administration and oversight of the billions of grant dollars awarded annually by the Department.
Previously, Ms. Bean served as Acting Chief Component Human Capital Officer for FEMA. In this capacity, Ms. Bean led an office that was responsible for ensuring successful implementation of strategic human capital initiatives that support FEMA’s mission.
Ms. Bean was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2004. During her 27-year tenure with the SBA, Ms. Bean held several leadership positions including Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations, Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration, and Assistant Inspector General for Management and Policy. Prior to joining FEMA in October 2015, Ms. Bean was the Chief Human Capital Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at SBA. In this position, Ms. Bean was responsible for management and oversight of SBA’s Human Resources, Executive Secretariat, Grants Management, Chief Information Officer, and Diversity and Inclusion. At SBA, Ms. Bean developed innovative strategic human capital results and a customer focused solutions-based service model.
Ms. Bean was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and currently lives in Annandale, Virginia with her husband, Frank.