Lai Sun Yee is a Federal Coordinating Officer of FEMA Region II, which encompasses the States of New Jersey and New York, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands and the Native American Tribal Nations in the Region.
When appointed by the FEMA Administrator or Deputy Administrator, on behalf of the Administrator, Ms. Yee deploys to the site of a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency to manage response, recovery and mitigation operations. She establishes the Federal presence at the disaster site, and together with the State Coordinating Officer, implements response and recovery operations. Ms. Yee ensures a coordinated effort with involved Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial and local governments as well as nonprofit organizations and the private sector.
Ms. Yee served as the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator of FEMA Region II from May 2017 to September 2018 where she oversaw regional operations.
Earlier, Ms. Yee served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the National Training, Education, and Exercises at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and additionally acted as FEMA Division Supervisor for Manhattan and the Bronx during the Hurricane Sandy response. Ms. Yee was named a Distinguished Fellow of the FEMA National Preparedness Directorate.
Before joining FEMA, Ms. Yee was the Principal Advisor, Homeland Security for the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). CNA is a federally funded research and development center for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Ms. Yee has an extensive record of service to the people of New York. She is the former New York State Assistant Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, New York State Assistant Deputy Secretary for Criminal Justice, and General Counsel for the New York State Emergency Management Office.
As well, Ms. Yee served as the New York City Deputy Commissioner for Legal Services and General Counsel for the New York City Emergency Management, where she worked in support of the City’s response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Additionally, she served as the Assistant Fire Commissioner of the Bureau of Investigation and Trials for the New York City Fire Department, and worked as an attorney in the Fire Department Legal Division. Yee also formerly acted as Counsel to the Bronx Borough President.
Ms. Yee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School, and a Master of Arts degree from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Current as of September 2018