Mr. Ryan Pietramali joined FEMA in 2007 and is currently detailed to serve as the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 8. In this role, he oversees the operational aspects of disaster response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness activities for the region, which includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming along with 29 federally recognized tribal nations.
Mr. Pietramali normally serves as Region 8’s Recovery Division Director where he oversees disaster recovery programs and interagency coordination within the region while fostering a division of dedicated employees that value innovation, culture, teamwork, customer service, continual learning, and high performance. As a Deputy Federal Coordination Officer for Recovery, he has been involved in eleven COVID-19 declarations providing guidance on the obligation of more than three billion dollars while supporting Region 8 states and tribes in the fight against the pandemic.
Prior to being the Recovery Division Director, Mr. Pietramali served as Region 8’s Risk Analysis Branch Chief, working with communities in becoming safer and more disaster resilient. Primary duties included the modernization of the nation’s floodplain maps and communication of community risk through the agency’s Risk MAP Program. He also oversaw the all-hazard mitigation planning program, the Public Assistance Mitigation, building science programs, Dam Safety, and National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Programs. He served in disaster leadership positions, during Hurricane Irma in Florida in 2017, in Colorado’s 2013 flood recovery, as well as the lead of an “advisory base flood elevation” task force, whose efforts guided “smart” rebuilding in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.
Before joining FEMA Mr. Pietramali was employed by the State of Utah’s Division of Emergency Services as the State Public Assistance Officer, overseeing the state’s disaster recovery programs. During his tenure at the state, he served in numerous state leadership positions, including Utah's Deputy State Coordinating Officer/Public Assistance Officer for various disasters, lead on the state’s National Emergency Management Accreditation Program assessment, and the chair of the Long-Range Recovery Committee for Katrina evacuees.
Prior to his time with the State of Utah, he spent two years as the Project Impact Coordinator for Salt Lake City, where he had tremendous success in leveraging the initial 300K program grant into over 1.5 million dollars for the city's mitigation efforts.
Mr. Pietramali has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography, with an emphasis on natural hazard reduction and Geographic Information Systems from the University of Utah, and a Master’s Certificate in Homeland Security from the University of Denver.