Sharon Loper is the Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA Region X. In this role, she is responsible for FEMA operational decisions and policy implementation within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. These efforts include implementing and executing FEMA's preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery programs—in close coordination with partners from all levels of government, tribal nations, volunteer and faith-based groups, and business communities.
Ms. Loper was selected as the Deputy Regional Administrator in December 2011. From 2007 to 2011, she was the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Regional Administrator, with periodic assignments as Acting Deputy Regional Administrator and the Regional Response Coordination Center’s Regional Support Team Leader. Previously, she worked in the Region’s Mitigation Division where she implemented the hazard mitigation planning requirements under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, launched the Pre-disaster Mitigation Grant Program, managed the Hazard Mitigation Cadre and, as assigned, served as Mitigation Branch Chief and Hazard Mitigation Officer for federally declared major disasters. Prior to FEMA Region X, she worked for FEMA’s Mitigation Directorate in Washington, D.C., on floodplain management policy issues and hazard mitigation benefit-cost analysis. She also was a contributor to FEMA’s pre-disaster mitigation initiative, Project Impact, which emphasized a collaborative approach to reducing disaster damages before a disaster. Her career with FEMA began in 1988.
Ms. Loper received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Following graduate school, she completed a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She has also attended professional development courses at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.