Eric Heighberger was appointed to serve as the Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on March 3, 2017.
Mr. Heighberger previously served for three years at FEMA during the George W. Bush Administration as the Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs, and later as Advisor to former Administrator David Paulison and Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson. In both roles, he played an integral role in improving the agency’s ability to fulfill its mission. Mr. Heighberger served on the White House Homeland Security Council as Director of Response Policy from 2008-2009. He also worked with FEMA’s Public Assistance program in New York City after 9/11 from 2001-2003, and deployed with FEMA’s Public Assistance program after the 2004 hurricanes in Florida.
In addition to his FEMA and White House service, Mr. Heighberger worked in the private sector and on Capitol Hill. Most recently, he was the Deputy Staff Director for the House Homeland Security Committee from 2013-2017. He also served as a Professional Staff member to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee from 2011-2012.
Throughout his career, he has been a consistent advocate for the value FEMA delivers to the American people.