Jarrett W. Devine is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 1, which is comprised of the six New England States and ten federally recognized Tribal Nations. In his regular position, Jarrett serves as the Response Division Director. Appointed as the Response Division Director in 2022, he prepares, leads and coordinates federal response support to state, local, and tribal emergency management during presidentially declared emergencies and disasters in New England. He has led a variety of initiatives to improve cooperation and coordination between FEMA and its stakeholders to streamline disaster response operations. These include expanded engagements with state and tribal partners, other federal agency stakeholders, as well as the private sector and non-profit groups, such as re-invigorating Region 1’s Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC).
Jarrett joined FEMA in 2001, serving initially as a reservist in the logistics cadre, prior to being hired fulltime as the Logistics Section Chief of the Region 1 Incident Management Assistance Team in 2010. Prior to joining FEMA, he served as a Lieutenant on the East Providence Fire Department, Adjunct Instructor for the Community College of Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Program, and Independent Emergency Management Consultant.
Jarrett’s disaster response experience is vast, having served in leadership capacities during over 50 presidentially declared disasters in Region 1 and across the Nation. He has served as a logistics leader during major hurricanes and flood incidents, including deployments to Florida during the extremely active 2004 Hurricane Season and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He also led the communications restoration in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and served for two years as the Regional Coordinating Officer (RCO) leading the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New England. Most recently, he served as the RCO for the July 2023 Vermont Floods.
Devine was raised in Warwick, Rhode Island, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Emergency Management from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and a Master of Science in Emergency Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Today he lives in Massachusetts with his wife Michelle and two boys, Riley and Parker.