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Leiloni Stainsby

Leiloni Stainsby
Office of Response and Recovery

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Field Operations

Ms. Stainsby serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Field Operations Directorate in FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery. In this role, Ms. Stainsby oversees the readiness and deployment of FEMA’s disaster incident management and support workforce. She is responsible for the development and deployment of all Federal Coordinating Officers, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators, and FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Teams. 

Ms. Stainsby previously served as the Division Director of the National Preparedness Assessment Division (NPAD) at FEMA. In that role, Ms. Stainsby oversaw implementation of FEMA Strategic Objective 1.4 — Better Learn from Past Disasters, Continuously Improve, and Innovate.  Ms. Stainsby served as the Acting NPAD Director since July 2018, leading the development of the 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report, the annual National Preparedness Report, and implementation of a new risk and capability assessment. She has a proven track record of working with stakeholders at all levels of government, the non-profit sector, international partners, and the private sector.   

Prior to joining executive service, Ms. Stainsby served as the Branch Chief for the Assessments and Analytics Branch of the NPAD. In that role, she was responsible for establishing assessment methodologies, streamlining data collection and analysis efforts, and supervising the development of policies, guidance, and grant metrics. Ms. Stainsby also served as the Program Manager for FEMA’s lessons learned and continuous improvement program, working to ensure that lessons learned from FEMA’s real-world incident activation and preparedness exercises are incorporated into plans, policies, and directives.

Before joining FEMA, Ms. Stainsby spent ten years in the private sector leading assessment and analytical efforts for government clients, supervising knowledge management programs, and managing information technology systems. Ms. Stainsby developed, managed, and led preparedness exercise and evaluation support, lessons learned and continuous improvement programs, and served as a program manager focusing on FEMA’s Catastrophic Planning efforts.  During her career, Ms. Stainsby has developed extensive management competencies, including people management, contract management, client management, financial management, and business process improvement. Ms. Stainsby began her professional career as a legislative assistant at Van Ness Feldman, a DC-based law firm, assisting in the development and implementation of policy and strategy initiatives for corporate and coalition clients.  

Ms. Stainsby holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University, and a certificate from the American University Key Executive Leadership Program.  

Last updated April 20, 2021