Mr. Lester L. Ingol is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy Chief Component Procurement Officer. He was selected for this position in May 2020.
Mr. Ingol is responsible for assisting the FEMA Chief Component Procurement Officer with providing leadership for the implementation of FEMA’s acquisition and contracting policies and procedures with the goal of timely development, procurement, and deployment of complex acquisition solutions and programs management systems for the FEAM mission while managing the agency’s spend of $2B a year and an average $5B during extensive calamitous hurricane seasons.
Mr. Ingol also serves as the FEMA Director of Acquisition Operations Division, and the Chief of the Contracting Office which he was selected for in May 2018. Mr. Ingol is responsible for providing a full range of acquisition services and business solutions to all FEMA programs, partners, and stakeholders. He leads the oversight of procurement of all mission essential assets, supplies and services, construction, Architect and Engineering, and business advising and solutions development. Mr. Ingol also served as the FEMA National Response Coordination Center’s Resource Support Section Chief during the 2017 and 2018 Hurricane Seasons where he was responsible for national level emergency response and providing the affected Regions with supplies, equipment, people, facilities, and services necessary to respond to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Previously, Mr. Ingol served as the FEMA Deputy Director for Preparedness and Internal Operations, within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer responsible for the procurement of the Agency’s Information Technology, Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration requirements, Preparedness and Continuity requirements, and all mission support functions. Mr. Ingol has also served as the Branch Chief for Recovery acquisitions where he managed the procurement activities for FEMA recovery during disasters spanning from 2010 to 2015 to include Hurricane Sandy, the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, Alabama, and he played an integral role in the development of the Catastrophic Housing Annex to Federal Interagency Operational Hurricane Plan.
Prior to his appointment as the Branch Chief for Recovery, Mr. Ingol served as the FEMA Branch Chief for Support Services, Deputy Branch Chief for Mitigations and as the Acquisition Chief for FEMA’s Louisianan Recovery Office following Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to his tenure with FEMA, Mr. Ingol began his acquisition career as a Logistician while serving on active duty in the US Marine Corps where he served for 10 years. Following his service to our country he became a Contracting Officer for the Department of the Army, Intelligence and Security Command where he held positions of increasing responsibility primarily supporting the Army’s Linguist program where he was a member of the team that implemented the contracts in support of linguistic services in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Army’s linguist training centers. He was awarded the Army’s Civilian Commendation Medal for his work.
Mr. Ingol holds a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology; and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Park University. Mr. Ingol has also attended The Brookings Institution Executive Leadership program.