Nancy Dragani serves as the Deputy Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 8. In this position, her responsibilities include oversight for the operational aspects of regional disaster response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness activities in FEMA Region 8, which includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming along with 29 federally recognized tribal nations. From April 2016 to November 2017 Ms. Dragani served as the Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 8.
Prior to joining FEMA in January 2016 as the Region 8 Deputy Regional Administrator, Ms. Dragani worked for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for 20 years, where she was the Executive Director from 2005 to 2014. In this position, she led the state's coordinated preparedness and response to both man-made and natural disasters and oversaw disaster recovery and mitigation efforts.
In 2004, Ms. Dragani retired from the Ohio National Guard with 22 years of combined U.S. Army, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard service.
In addition to her roles in state and federal government, Ms. Dragani has served on FEMA’s National Advisory Council and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Advisory Board. She also held the position of President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) from 2008 to 2009 and was the 2014 recipient of NEMA’s Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award, an award given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to emergency management.
Ms. Dragani has a Master of Arts from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where she also graduated from the Executive Leadership program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Dominican College.