David Maurstad is a veteran emergency manager and staunch advocate of building a culture of preparedness across the nation. Forty years of experience in disaster resilience and the insurance industry suit his position as the head of FEMA Insurance and Mitigation Administration, where he guides transformative efforts to communicate risk, increase flood insurance coverage, and incentivize mitigation against natural hazards. As the senior chief executive in charge of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) implementation, Maurstad oversees more than $1.3 trillion in flood coverage to more than 5 million U.S. policyholders.
During his tenure with FEMA, David has held leading positions for 637 major disaster operations, including Hurricanes Katrina, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael, tropical storm Harvey and countless catastrophic flooding and wildfire events. David’s expertise in disaster recovery and strategic risk management stems from extensive experience in local government as a Nebraska mayor, state Senator, and Lieutenant Governor.
David earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. He’s a former board member of the National Academy of Science, Water, & Technology, and was a senior federal official during the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.