Tony Russell named Superintendent of the Center for Domestic Preparedness
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the appointment of Tony Russell as the new Superintendent of the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Russell replaces Mike King, who the Agency announced will be moving to FEMA’s Field Operations Directorate.
Prior to his current assignment, Russell served as the Superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Maryland.
Other assignments include Regional Administrator of FEMA Region VI, where he was responsible for all FEMA operational decisions and policy implementation within the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana; Acting Regional Administrator of FEMA Region VIII, where he was responsible for all FEMA priorities and requirements in the states of Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah; and service in support of FEMA response and recovery operations in Louisiana following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike; in New York following Hurricane Sandy; and in Alabama, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Illinois, Texas, and New Mexico.
Russell also served in senior leadership roles on FEMA’s Pandemic Influenza Regional Team, and the FEMA team supporting the 2008 National Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Russell has an undergraduate degree in political science and management from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has master’s degrees in business administration and management from National University in San Diego, California, and in homeland security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Additionally, Russell has completed executive leadership education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Russell is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and he holds the designation of Certified Emergency Manager.