Mr. William Zito was sworn in as the Assistant Administrator for National Continuity Programs on 22 July 2019. For the last 12 months, Mr. Zito served as FEMA’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to joining FEMA, he spent over 27 years in leadership positions both in the U.S. Army and as a Chief of Staff for three different Members of Congress.
Mr. Zito honorably served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery for nearly 23 years from 1991-2014 before retiring as a Command Sergeants Major. Throughout his career, Mr. Zito served both domestically and abroad – including three 12-month tours in Combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2011, upon his return from his third tour in Iraq, he was selected as one of the first two Command Sergeant Majors in the U.S. Army for the Defense Congressional Fellowship Program, which required the completion of a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs at The George Washington University and a yearlong assignment as a Defense Fellow for a U.S. Congressman. That year, he worked for a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee on Veterans Affairs, Defense, Homeland Security and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development policy.
During Mr. Zito’s time on Capitol Hill, he worked for a total of three Members of Congress as Deputy Chief of Staff and later Chief of Staff. In these rolls, he led congressional staff in all legislative and political matters related to Homeland Security, Defense, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, Justice and Science, and Energy and Commerce.
Mr. Zito holds a BS. In Homeland Security from Excelsior College, a Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and a Master’s in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.
He is married to Christine Zito, a Registered Nurse and together they have three children.