As Acting Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery, David Bibo has overseen FEMA’s response, recovery, logistics, and field operations nationwide since January 2020. In this position, he has spearheaded FEMA’s role leading response operations to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, the FEMA team processed an unprecedented number of disaster declarations with all 55 states and territories, as well as the District of Columbia under a major disaster declaration at the same time; managed the largest supply chain mission in the Agency’s history; deployed thousands of staff to support state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and obligated over $57 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund in support of the nationwide pandemic response.
Mr. Bibo led FEMA’s nationwide response and recovery operations during the historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane and West Coast wildfire seasons, and oversaw award of the Agency’s largest infrastructure grants in history to assist with Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
A career member of the Senior Executive Service since 2012, Mr. Bibo first joined FEMA in 2009, and has served in roles including Deputy Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery, Deputy Associate Administrator and Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis and International Affairs, and Acting FEMA Chief of Staff. He served in senior roles during the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Michael, the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires, the 2020 Puerto Rico earthquakes, and has overseen FEMA operations nationwide in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Bibo served as Director and then Senior Director for Preparedness on the staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC) from November 2011 – December 2013. In these roles, he oversaw development and implementation of policy on national preparedness, national security and emergency preparedness communications, and medical and public health preparedness for natural and manmade biological incidents. Mr. Bibo also served previously as a Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Secret Service.
Prior to joining Federal service, Mr. Bibo served in state and local government. In 2007, as one of Harvard’s inaugural Dukakis Governors’ Fellows, he supported the Massachusetts Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor in building the Commonwealth’s preparedness. Mr. Bibo served from 2004 – 2006 as Assistant Homeland Security Director for the City of Boston and eight metropolitan communities, designing and implementing initiatives to build the region’s preparedness and response capabilities in the wake of September 11th.
Mr. Bibo is a recipient of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Service Medal.
Mr. Bibo holds a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Mr. Bibo worked his way through college as an EMT in metro-Boston. He lives in Washington, DC, with Dr. Erin Ward Bibo and their three children.