Ryan Ike is the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 office. In his acting role, he assumes the responsibilities of the Deputy Regional Administrator to ensure that regional operations continue to function effectively in order to maintain the Region 10’s readiness posture and deliver survivor-focused preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery programs in support of the 271 federally recognized tribal nations and the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
As the External Affairs Director in the Office of the Regional Administrator, Ryan has been a part of Region 10’s senior leadership team since 2012. He brings extensive expertise ranging from regulatory program implementation and policy analysis to risk communications and public engagement. He is responsible for cultivating and enhancing partnerships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders that includes the public, all levels of government, tribes, the private sector, and news media. As a Type III External Affairs Officer, Ryan is also fully qualified to lead an ESF15 operation in both incident support and incident management roles during a response operation.
Prior to his positions in the Office of the Regional Administrator, Ryan served for nearly eleven years in the Mitigation Division as the Risk Analysis Branch Chief and Senior Floodplain Management Program Specialist. Ryan’s disaster response experiences include the Nisqually Earthquake, 9/11 Terrorist Attack, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Sandy, and Matthew, and the mass fatality landslide in Oso, Washington.
Ryan graduated from Seattle University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Japanese. He also holds a certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from the University of Washington. Prior to joining FEMA in the summer of 2000, Ryan was an English teacher in Japan. He lives in Seattle with his family.