Thomas C. Sivak

Thomas C. Sivak
Regional Administrators

Region 5 Administrator

Thomas C. Sivak is the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 5 Administrator.

In this role, Sivak is responsible for the equitable delivery of the agency's response capacity, recovery grants, and resilience programs to the six-state great lakes region and 34 federally recognized tribal nations. He responsibilities include leadership and oversight of more than 300 employees.

Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Sivak served in roles at the county and local including Deputy Director for Emergency Management at Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communication and Deputy Director of Operations for Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security. In both roles, Sivak oversaw emergency operations center activations and directing the comprehensive emergency planning including response, recovery, mitigation and planning for emerging threats related to emergency management and homeland security.

Throughout his 15-year emergency management and public safety career, Mr. Sivak has proudly worked for private, urban area and county public sector organizations and filled leadership roles for several major incident and event activations including the 2012 Super Bowl, COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest in May and August 2020 and presidential election consequence management.

Recognized as a subject matter expert in safety, security, emergency management, disaster relief, pandemic response, and coordination, Mr. Sivak is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He holds a Master of Science in Public Service Leadership from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and is originally from East Cleveland, Ohio.

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