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Kathleen McDonald Fox

Official FEMA portrait for Kathleen Fox, Deputy Administrator (Acting), Protection and National Preparedness Division (PNP)Ms. Fox is currently service as the Assistant Administrator, National Preparedness Directorate (NPD).  NPD has six business units with over 400 personnel that are charged with providing guidance, programs, activities and services to prepare the Nation to prevent, protect from, respond to and recover from all hazards.  NPD is responsible for leading implementation of the National Preparedness System.

Prior to serving as the Assistant Administrator, NPD, Ms. Fox was the Director of FEMA’s National Preparedness Assessment Division.  In this capacity, she was responsible for measuring how prepared we are as a nation, including evaluating the effectiveness of preparedness grants.  Ms. Fox also oversaw FEMA’s lessons learned and corrective action programs, working to ensure that we incorporate these lessons into plans, policies, and directives.

Ms. Fox also served as the Executive Director for the congressionally mandated Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force at FEMA.  In that role, she was responsible for establishing the 35-member Task Force and drafting the report on behalf of the Task Force to determine the most appropriate way to collectively assess and measure our capabilities and capability gaps at a national level, and streamline associated efforts, including policies, guidance, and grants.  The report:  Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11 was published in October 2010.

Prior to joining FEMA, Ms. Fox served as the Deputy Director in the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.  In this position, she oversaw homeland security strategy and planning, including the grant process; special event and emergency planning and operations, such as the 2009 presidential inauguration; and training and exercise activities.

Before joining the District government, Ms. Fox spent ten years at DFI, a consulting firm delivering information services, knowledge management, and solutions to senior decision-makers in the US government.  At DFI, Ms. Fox developed, managed, and led all of the firm’s business related to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preparedness exercises and program evaluation.

Ms. Fox has also worked as a Staff Assistant in a U.S. Senator’s office and an Analyst at the Chicago Police Department.  She earned her master’s degree in international affairs from American University and her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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06/01/2018 - 13:52