Cynthia Spishak

Cynthia Spishak
Office of Policy,Program Analysis, and International Affairs

Associate Administrator

Cynthia Spishak leads FEMA’s strategic and resource planning, policy, audit, data analytics, and international affairs functions. Notably, Cynthia advises on national security priorities regarding building resilience through civil protection and defense as the United States Policy Director for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Resilience Committee, led the development of and leads implementation of the 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan, and leads FEMA’s implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018 to modernize data management and evaluation capabilities to support policymaking.  

Ms. Spishak led interagency and private sector coordination on the White House COVID-19 Response Coordination Team, advancing the Administration’s priorities regarding critical supply chain issues.  Ms. Spishak first joined FEMA days after Hurricane Katrina as an IT Supply Chain consultant. She went on to leadership roles in Recovery, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer, Mission Support, and Federal Insurance, as well as deploying to support several disasters.


Bachelor of Business Administration with an IT and Operations focus from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

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