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Recent changes to senior FEMA leadership positions
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nick Shufro, who served as the assistant administrator for risk management with Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, will now serve as chief learning officer and director of strategic alliances, Office of Chief Component Human Capital Officer. Shufro has leveraged partnerships across the public and private sector to empower communities to take ownership of their developing risk. Through his leadership, the Risk Management Directorate analyzed threats, managed risks and proactively engaged with strategic partnerships to communicate hazards.

Michael Grimm, who served as assistant administrator for mitigation, Risk Reduction Division, will now serve as the assistant administrator for the Risk Management Directorate. Grimm began his FEMA career in 1997 as part of FIMA's Flood Hazard Mapping Program. Since then he has held the position of director of individual assistance from 2011-2014, and most recently served as assistant administrator for mitigation, where he directed FEMA’s pre- and post-disaster mitigation programs and FIMA's disaster operations.

Katherine Fox, who served as the director for the National Preparedness Assessment Division, National Preparedness Directorate, will now serve as the assistant administrator for the Mitigation Directorate, FIMA. During her time as director, Fox oversaw the 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report and annual National Preparedness Report, and implemented new methodologies to better evaluate national, state and jurisdictional risk and capabilities, as well as preparedness grant effectiveness.

Shalini Benson departed from federal service July 13, 2018 after 17 years in the budget and finance field. For the past two years, Benson served as assistant administrator for the Fund Management Directorate, FIMA. During her service, she provided leadership and oversight of FIMA's budget, human resources and operational support functions—including fiscal stewardship of more than $6 billion in annual funds.

Annemarie Juhlin has accepted a 120-day detail assignment to take the helm of the Fund Management Directorate, after serving in the role of the acting assistant administrator for budget within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

Matthew Payne, who served as the policy division director in the Office of Policy and Program Analysis, will now serve a 120-day detail assignment as acting deputy associate administrator, OPPA. As director of OPPA's Policy Division, he led and coordinated the development of policies that support effective and efficient delivery of agency programs across the full spectrum of preparedness and emergency management functions. In this role he worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the federal interagency community and the White House National Security Council staff to represent FEMA's interests in national policies and strategies. Payne recently completed a detail with the department as an acting counselor to the secretary of Homeland Security.

Thomas Balint, who served as the associate chief counsel for resilience, preparedness and continuity, will serve a 120-day detail as acting deputy assistant administrator for the Grant Programs Directorate to complete his DHS SES Candidacy Program. Balint was previously detailed to the Office of the Secretary of Homeland Security during the Administration transition where he supported FEMA issues and other matters to the outgoing and incoming secretaries. Prior to joining FEMA in 2010, Balint served as deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey on emergency management and homeland security issues.

Robert "Robby" Wehagen III is now the advisor, Legislative Affairs, Office of External Affairs. Wehagen joins FEBA from the Small Business Administration where he served as the Office of Advocacy's Congressional and Legislative Affairs manager. In this role at the SBA, Wehagen directed communication with Capitol Hill, particularly to reduce small business regulatory burdens. He has robust experience in the public and private sector, in which he was director of government relations for a trade association representing 11,000 small businesses and has served in three House of Representative offices, and the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Jo Linda Johnson serves as director of the Office of Equal Rights. Johnson has 18 years of experience practicing labor and employment law and most recently served as director of the Civil Rights Division at the Transportation Security Administration. She has served as a member of the Section of Labor and Employment Law with the American Bar Association for 15 years and is regarded as an expert on civil rights laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity process, affirmative employment, affirmative action and diversity. Johnson earned her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law.






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