Scott Zaffram currently serves in the role of Acting Region 10 Deputy Administrator in support of FEMA’s mission to help people before, during, and after disasters.
In his permanent position, Scott serves as the Federal Preparedness Coordinator and the Director of the National Preparedness Division for Region 10. This role is the Regional lead for the development of external relationships with traditional and non-traditional partners to enhance and build preparedness, capability, and sustainable emergency management programs. He provides leadership, direction, and coordination to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions, first responder networks, non-governmental organizations, private-sector, and citizen groups within the Region in developing, planning, and implementing preparedness programs. In this role his primary focus has been to build whole community capacity within the profession in anticipation of a regional catastrophic event, such as a rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Scott started his career with FEMA in 2007 in the training department where he later served as the regional training manager and continued in that role until he was given the opportunity in 2014 as branch chief of training, exercises, and continuity of operations programs. Scott served as a lead planning architect for the national-level Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise that included 23,000 participants.
In disaster operations, Scott has held various leadership roles for response and recovery operations on notable presidentially declared disasters with FEMA, including Hurricane Maria, PR (2017); Hurricane Irma, FL (2017); Hurricane Harvey, TX (2017); Hurricane Sandy, NY & NJ (2012); Hurricane Ike, TX (2008); and, Hurricane Dean, TX (2007).
Hired in 2002 as a security supervisor for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Scott was critical in the rollout of Federal screening operations after the 9/11 attacks.
Scott joined the United States Army in 1997 and served 4 years on active duty as an Infantryman, which included tours to Fort Lewis, Washington; Camp Casey, South Korea; and, Friedberg, Germany.
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and awarded the Certified Emergency Manager credential.