Katherine Fox is FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Mitigation within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA). She oversees the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, Flood Mitigation Assistance grants, and the National Flood Insurance Program’s Floodplain Management Program and Community Rating System. Ms. Fox also oversees FIMA’s Disaster Operations and leads the Hazard Mitigation Disaster Workforce Cadre.
Ms. Fox was previously the Director of the FEMA National Preparedness Assessment Division, where she focused on a range of analytic efforts to evaluate the Nation’s preparedness posture. Recently, Ms. Fox served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the FEMA National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). She set NPD’s strategic priorities to build and validate national preparedness capabilities through national risk analysis, training more than 2 million first responders annually, conducting over 100 exercises, and researching individual and community preparedness actions. Subsequently, she supported the FEMA Recovery Directorate during the response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Ms. Fox holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in History from Oglethorpe University. She lives in Takoma Park, MD, with her husband and son.