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David Bibo

David Bibo
Office of Response and Recovery

Deputy Associate Administrator

David Bibo, MPP, is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery at FEMA. Supporting Associate Administrator Jeff Byard, David serves as the senior career official responsible for FEMA’s response, recovery, logistics, and field operations nationwide.  David brings Federal, state, local, and first-responder experience and perspective to his FEMA role and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service.

Prior to his service in FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, David served in FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis from January 2014 – January 2019 first as Deputy Associate Administrator and later as Associate Administrator.  In this role, David led FEMA’s strategic and resource planning, data analytics, policy, audit, and international affairs functions.  He oversaw completion of FEMA’s 2014-2018 and 2018-2022 strategic plans.  David also served as FEMA’s Acting Chief of Staff during the 2017 Presidential administration transition.

David served from November 2011 – December 2013 on the staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC), most recently as Senior Director for Preparedness Policy.  He worked with Federal leaders to foster initiatives to build and sustain the Nation’s capacity to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards.  He led development and implementation of national-level policy related to individual and community resilience, preparedness grants, health and medical preparedness, and national security and emergency preparedness communications.  David also coordinated interagency preparedness for and response to emerging infectious disease threats and Federal response to biological incidents.

Before joining the NSC staff, David served from 2009 – 2011 in the Office of the Administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Counselor to the Deputy Administrator.  In this role, David provided leadership for several of the Administrator’s priorities, including empowerment of FEMA’s regional offices and efforts to enhance the capabilities of FEMA’s workforce.  He began his Federal career as a Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Secret Service, where he focused on implementation of the Director’s strategic priorities.

Prior to joining the Federal Government, David served in state and local government.  In 2007, he was selected as one of Harvard University’s inaugural Dukakis Governors’ Fellows.  During the fellowship, he served in the office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, supporting the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor in building preparedness and response capacity for the Commonwealth.  David served from 2004 – 2006 as Assistant Homeland Security Director for the City of Boston and eight other metropolitan communities, where he designed and implemented initiatives that were integral to building the region’s preparedness and response capabilities in the wake of September 11th. 

David holds a Master’s in Public Policy in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.  David worked his way through college as an Emergency Medical Technician in metro-Boston.  He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Erin Ward Bibo, and their three children.

Last updated Jul 15, 2020

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