Lee dePalo is the Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 8. In this role since 2017, he oversees and coordinates FEMA’s all-hazards preparedness and emergency management efforts within the region’s 29 tribal nations and the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. These efforts include executing FEMA’s preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs in concert with partners from all levels of government, volunteer and faith-based groups, and the private sector.
Mr. dePalo joined FEMA in January 2014 as part of the Federal Coordinating Officer cadre, leading disaster operations for the agency. He then became the Response Division Director for FEMA Region 8 in January 2015 and led a region-wide effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of responding to a catastrophic disaster. Mr. dePalo served as the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator from June-November in 2017.
Mr. dePalo is a U.S. Air Force veteran whose career spanned 26 years, 14 locations, and multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey. Mr. dePalo’s military career culminated with a command of the 563rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, and then was selected as the Vice Wing Commander of the 11th Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He led a 1,600-person organization responsible for installation security, services, emergency management and airfield management to support the President, Vice President, other U.S. leaders as well as more than 50 organizations and federal agencies.
In 2012, Mr. dePalo worked for Jacobs Technology as a senior program manager contracted to develop a leadership program for the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Mr. dePalo graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Management. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College and a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University.