Recent changes to senior FEMA leadership positions

Nov 13, 2018 | News & Views, What's New

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

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.