David Maurstad is a veteran emergency manager and staunch advocate of building a culture of preparedness across the nation. Forty years of experience in disaster resilience and the insurance industry suit his position as the head of FEMA’s Insurance and Mitigation Administration, where he guides transformative efforts to communicate risk, increase flood insurance coverage and incentivize mitigation against natural hazards. As senior executive of the NFIP, he leads the largest single-peril insurance operation in the world providing more than $1.3 trillion in flood coverage to more than 5 million U.S. policyholders.
During his tenure with FEMA, David has held leadership positions for hundreds of disaster operations, including Hurricanes Katrina, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael, tropical storm Harvey and countless catastrophic flooding and wildfire events. David’s expertise in disaster recovery and strategic risk management stems from extensive experience in local government as a Nebraska mayor, state Senator and Lt. Governor. David continues to drive the conversation around resilience with his bold call to action to reduce disaster suffering in our lifetime and for generations to come.
David earned his MBA from the University of Nebraska. He’s a former board member of the National Academy of Science, Water, & Technology and was a senior federal official during the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.