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National Advisory Council

 

This page provides information about the FEMA National Advisory Council, current membership, meeting information and more.

Overview

The National Advisory Council (NAC) advises the Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other manmade disasters. Legislation required that FEMA establish the NAC to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit, and private-sector emergency management communities on the development and revision of plans and strategies; the administration of and assessment of FEMA’s grant programs; and the development and evaluation of risk assessment methodologies.

About NAC Membership

Appointments

The NAC consists of up to 35 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Administrator as Representatives, Special Government Employees (SGEs), or Ex Officio. To the extent practical, members are geographically diverse and represent a substantive cross-section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, tribal and territorial governments, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

The Administrator appoints NAC members to three-year terms, with approximately one-third expiring each year. NAC members may apply to serve a consecutive three-year term. Visit the Membership Selection page for more information.
 

Members

The Administrator is pleased to include the following individuals on the FEMA National Advisory Council. Please see the news release from October 15, 2019, announcing new members. The list of current National Advisory Council members is below or you can view full roster.

 

W. Nim Kidd, NAC Chair
Chief
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Vice Chancellor
Texas A&M University System
Austin, Texas
Non-Elected State Government Officials (Representative); Term ends: 2022

 

Jeffrey Hansen, NAC Vice Chair
Director, Office of Emergency Management
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Durant, Oklahoma
Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials (Representative); Term ends: 2020

 

 

Jeanne Abadie
Consultant
Brackin and Associates
New Orleans, Louisiana
Disabilities, Access and Functional Needs (Representative); Term ends: 2020

 

Rich Baich
Executive VP; Chief Information Security Officer
AIG
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cybersecurity Expert (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2021

 

Sue Anne Bell
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Health Scientist (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2020

 

Steve Birnbaum
President
Resudox Solutions, LLC
Arlington, Virginia
Communications (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2021

 

Donald Bliss
Vice President, Field Operations (Ret.)
National Fire Protection Association
Quincy, Massachusetts

Standards Setting and Accrediting (Representative); Term ends: 2020

 

Donna Boston
Director, Emergency Management Division
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Silverado, California
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2022

 

Paul Brennan
Director, Pre-Hospital EMS, and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Lawrence General Hospital
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Emergency Medical Provider (Representative); Term ends: 2022

 

Deanna Dahl-Grove
Pediatric Emergency Physician
UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Cleveland, Ohio
In-Patient Medical Provider (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2021

 

Bryan Desloge
District IV Commissioner
Leon County
Tallahassee, Florida
Elected Local Official (Representative); Term ends: 2021

 

Dante Disparte
Founder and Chairman

Risk Cooperative
Washington, DC
Standards Setting and Accrediting (Representative); Term ends: 2021

 

Paul Downing
Indian Township Tribal Council Member
Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township
Indian Township, Maine
Elected Tribal Government Officials (Representative); Term ends: 2020

 

Charley English
National Emergency Management Liaison
American Red Cross
Fairfax, Virginia
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2021

 

Charles Esteves
Administrator, Office of Civil Defense
Guam
Agna Heights, Guam
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2022

 

August “Dutch” Geisinger
Executive Director
Safeguard Iowa Partnership
Des Moines, Iowa
Infrastructure Protection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2020

 

John Grathwol
Deputy Director (Ret.)
New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget
New York, New York
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2020

 

Lori Hodges
Director, Emergency Management
Larimer County
Fort Collins, Colorado
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2021

 

Lisa Jones
Director, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
City of Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2020

 

Ramesh Kolluru
Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2021

 

Anna Lang
Research Engineer, Founder
Zylient
San Diego, California
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2020

 

Jackie Lindsey
Cabinet Secretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management
State of New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Emergency Response Provider (Representative); Term ends: 2021

 

Linda Long
Battalion Chief
Philadelphia Fire Department
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Emergency Response Providers (Representative); Term ends: 2020

 

Nicolette Louissaint
Executive Director
Healthcare Ready
Washington, District of Columbia
Public Health (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2022

 

Warren Miller
Disaster Management
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Jackson, Mississippi
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2022

 

Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Elected State Official (Representative); Term ends: 2022

 

Brad Richy
Director, Office of Emergency Management
State of Idaho
Boise, Idaho
Emergency Management (Representative); Term ends: 2021

 

Carol Salas
Director, Puerto Rico University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Disabilities, Access, and Functional Needs (Representative); Term ends: 2022

 

James Schwartz
Deputy County Manager
Arlington County
Arlington, Virginia
Non-Elected Local Official (Representative); Term ends: 2022

 

Carrie Speranza
Chief of Staff
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Washington, District of Columbia
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2022

 

Kevin Staley
Deputy Director (Ret.)
Mecklenburg EMS Agency
Charlotte, North Carolina
Emergency Response Provider (Representative); Term ends: 2021

 

Jeff Stern
State Coordinator
Virginia Division of Emergency Management
Richmond, Virginia
Emergency Management (Representative); Term ends: 2022

 

Tina Titze
Director, Office of Emergency Management
South Dakota
Pierre, South Dakota
Emergency Management (Representative); Term ends: 2020

 

Bruce Walker
Assistant Secretary for Electricity
Department of Energy
Washington, District of Columbia
Ex-Officio; Term ends: 2022

 

James Waskom
Director,
Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Administrator’s Selection (Special Government Employee); Term ends: 2020

 

 

For more information on how to apply for NAC membership, visit our application page.

 

 

Meetings

Information and materials from past meetings can be found in the Archive of Meeting Materials.

2019 Meetings

  • May 7-9, 2019; College Station, TX, Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. See meeting materials here.
  • October 2, 2019; Virtual meeting. More details and participation information are available here.
  • November 5-7, 2019; Washington, DC. More information available here.

Subcommittees

The NAC may establish subcommittees and working groups for any purpose consistent with its Charter. Subcommittees and working groups may not work independently from the NAC and must report their recommendations and advice to the NAC for full deliberation and discussions. Subcommittees and working groups have no authority to make decisions on behalf of the NAC and may not report directly to the Administrator or any other entity.

The NAC has three standing subcommittees: the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, the Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, and the Response and Recovery Subcommittee. These subcommittees are comprised entirely of NAC members.

The NAC also has had two Congressionally mandated subcommittees: the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee and RESPONSE Act Subcommittee. Both subcommittees have stood down and are not active.

Recommendations

The NAC provides the FEMA Administrator with advice and counsel through recommendations developed by its subcommittees and deliberated and voted on at its committee meetings.

See Recommendations and Responses.

Contact Information

For more information about the NAC or questions about this page, please contact the Office of the National Advisory Council.

Email: FEMA-NAC@fema.dhs.gov

Phone: (202) 646-2700

Fax: (540) 504-2331

Mailing Address:

Office of the National Advisory Council
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472-3184

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Last Updated: 
11/05/2019 - 08:56