Today, we are welcoming 16 new members to the National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises Administrator Craig Fugate on all aspects of emergency management. The new members highlight our continued desire to have a council that represents a cross section of all members of the emergency management team.
The NAC is comprised of state, tribal and local governments, private sector, and non-governmental partners who advise and provide recommendations to the FEMA Administrator on the National Preparedness System, National Incident Management System, National Response Framework, FEMA grants programs, and more.
The NAC membership application period was announced back in February, 2011 and ran through March 4, 2011. New members will serve from June 15th, 2011 through June 15th, 2014, unless otherwise noted.
Newly Appointed NAC Members:
Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, FloridaBased on a mandated by Congress in the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, the mission of the NAC is to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
Edward Gabriel, Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity, The Walt Disney Company
Jerome Hatfield, Lieutenant Colonel /Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police
Clifton Lacy, Director, University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response
Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department
Robert Lee, Former Adjutant General, State of Hawaii, Department of Defense
Robert Davidson Leipold, Executive Director, National VOAD (Term ends June 15, 2012)
David Miller, Former Administrator of Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division
Michael Rackley, Director, Global Security Services, Target
George Schloegel, Mayor, City of Gulfport, Mississippi (Term ends June 15, 2012)
Kurt Schwartz, Homeland Security Advisor and Emergency Management Director State of Massachusetts (Term ends June 15, 2013)
Charles Shimanski, Senior Vice President Disaster Services, American Red Cross (Term ends June 15, 2013)
Mary Troupe, Executive Director, Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities
David L. Waldrop, Chief Evangelist / Architect, Public Safety Initiative, Microsoft Corporation
Rebecca White, Tribal Council Chairwoman, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Omaha
Phil Zarlengo, Chairman, AARP Board of Directors
Additional information on the NAC, including a list of current members, can be found at http://www.fema.gov/about/nac/