Sharon Loper is the Acting Regional Administrator for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10. As member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), she directs the region’s divisions in administering FEMA's preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery programs in support of the region’s tribal nations and the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In addition to serving as the Region 10 Deputy Regional Administrator since 2011, she has previously served as the Acting Regional Administrator for Region 10 (2012) and for Region 8 (2015). While serving as the Acting Regional Administrator in Region 8, her efforts focused on advocating for and providing assistance to small and rural states, and tribal nations.
Prior to her current position, she was the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Regional Administrator, during which she developed an integrated approach to regional performance measures and budget coordination. As a Senior Mitigation Program Specialist in the Mitigation Division, she implemented the hazard mitigation planning requirements under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, launched the Pre-disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and performed as a Hazard Mitigation Officer for federally declared major disasters. Before Region 10, she worked for FEMA’s Mitigation Directorate in Washington, D.C. on floodplain management policy issues, hazard mitigation benefit-cost analysis, and a pre-disaster mitigation initiative.
Ms. Loper earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a Master of Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. She was a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, D.C.