Dr. Melissa Forbes currently serves as FEMA’s Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer. Prior to this position, she served as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for FEMA's Office of Policy and Program Analysis (OPPA). In that role, she provided leadership and oversight of agency policy, strategic and resource planning, enterprise analytics, audit follow-up and resolution, international affairs, and Defense Production Act coordination. She also served through much of the record-breaking 2017 hurricane season as Deputy Chief of Situational Awareness in FEMA's National Response Coordination Center.
Dr. Forbes joined the Department of Homeland Security in 2010, working in the NPPD Office of Risk Management and Analysis, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the DHS Office of Policy. Melissa joined FEMA’s National Preparedness Assessment Division in 2012, where she led the National Preparedness Report in support of the National Preparedness Goal. Dr. Forbes has a PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan.