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Chris Grisafe

Chris Grisafe

Associate Administrator

Mr. Grisafe is the Associate Administrator for Resilience. In this capacity, he helps oversee and manage FEMA’s national preparedness, mitigation, insurance, continuity and grant programs. He joined the Agency in August 2020.

Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Grisafe served in a number of roles at the Department of Defense (DoD), most recently as Senior Advisor to the DoD White House Liaison, where he helped establish the Department’s first Space Advisory Committee and managed appointments across the Department’s 36 Advisory Committees. Mr. Grisafe also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the DoD Chief Management Officer, and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Grisafe served in the private sector supporting DoD programs, including the Defense Science Board, where he led an analytical team supporting the study and preparation of seven DSB reports addressing critical DoD issues, such as “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat”, and “Cyber Deterrence.”   

A U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Mr. Grisafe has served in multiple disaster responses, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and is an active member of his local community, having served as a Red Cross First Aid instructor, and on multiple boards and advisory committees addressing local education and stewardship issues.

Mr. Grisafe holds a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Last updated January 14, 2021