National Advisory Council

This page provides information about the FEMA National Advisory Council, current membership, meeting information, and more.


The NAC advises the Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other manmade disasters. Legislation required that FEMA establish the NAC to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, and tribal government, nonprofit, and private sector emergency management communities on: the development and revision of plans and strategies; the administration of and assessment of FEMA’s grant programs; and the development and evaluation of risk assessment methodologies.

About NAC Membership

FEMA is accepting applications until March 15, 2017, for 13 open positions on the NAC. See Membership Applications for information about open positions and applying to the FEMA NAC .


The NAC consists of up to 35 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Administrator as Representatives, Special Government Employees (SGEs), orEx Officio . To the extent practical, members are geographically diverse and represent a substantive cross-section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

The Administrator appoints NAC members to three-year terms, with approximately one-third expiring each year. NAC members may apply to serve a consecutive three-year term.


Committee Meetings . The NAC generally holds public in-person meetings two times per year. Meetings last up to three days.

Subcommittee Participation . FEMA assigns each NAC member to a standing subcommittee. As part of subcommittee work, members receive briefings, review information, conduct additional research, and draft recommendations.

Input and Coordination . NAC members represent a broad range of constituents and are experts in a number of communities of practice. SGE members speak as experts in their field and representative members speak for the stakeholder group they represent. 

Recommendations . Members use subcommittee meetings to develop potential recommendations and discuss, deliberate, and finalize recommendations at in-person committee meetings. The NAC provides the FEMA Administrator with advice and counsel through these recommendations.

NAC Recommendations can be found here.

Membership Expectations

  • Attend in-person committee meetings
  • Actively participate in subcommittee calls and complete necessary subcommittee work
  • Bring experience and expertise, along with diversity of views and willingness to express them
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Administrator through informed recommendations


The current members of the NAC are listed below and the membership roster contains more information. The Administrator appoints one member of the NAC as the Chair and one member as the Vice Chair. Currently, Jim Featherstone is the Chair, and Teresa Scott is the Vice Chair.

  • James Akerelrea – Elected Tribal Government Officials – Representative
  • Gabriele Almon – FEMA Administrator Selection (Emerging Leader) – SGE
  • Brett Bailey – Communications – SGE
  • Peter Barca – Elected State Government Officials – Representative
  • Meloyde Batten-Mickens – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Donna Boston – FEMA

    Administrator Selection – SGE

  • Sarita Chung – In-Patient Medical Providers – SGE
  • Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Jerry Demings – Elected Local Government Officials – Representative
  • Gerard Dio – Emergency Response Providers – Representative
  • Jim Featherstone – Emergency Management – Representative
  • Lee Feldman – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Scott Field – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Peter Ginaitt – Standards Setting and Accrediting – Representative
  • Jeffrey Hansen – Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials – Representative
  • Eugene Henry – Non-Elected Local Government Official - Representative
  • Chris Howell – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • June Kailes – Access and Functional Needs – SGE
  • Emily Kidd – Emergency Medical Providers – SGE
  • Nim Kidd – Non-Elected State Government Official – Representative
  • Anne Kronenberg – Emergency Response Providers – SGE
  • Linda Langston – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Christopher Littlewood – Disabilities – SGE
  • Suzet McKinney – Public Health – SGE
  • Catherine Nelson – Cyber Security – SGE
  • Gerald Parker – Health Scientist – SGE
  • Samantha Phillips – Emergency Management – Representative
  • Robert Salesses – U.S. Department of Defense – Ex Officio
  • Teresa Scott – Standards Setting and Accrediting – Representative
  • Michael Sprayberry – Emergency Response Providers – Representative
  • Jeff Stern – Emergency Management – Representative
  • Guy Swan – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Darryll Wong – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Phil Zarlengo – FEMA Administrator Selection – SGE
  • Daniel Zarrilli – Infrastructure Protection – SGE

For more information on how to apply for NAC membership, visit our application page.


FEMA will announce dates and locations for its 2017 public NAC meetings when they are available.

Dates for 2016 National Advisory Council in-person meetings were:

Information and materials from past meetings can be found in the Archive of Meeting Materials.


The NAC may establish subcommittees and working groups for any purpose consistent with its Charter. Subcommittees and working groups may not work independently from the NAC and must report their recommendations and advice to the NAC for full deliberation and discussions. Subcommittees and working groups have no authority to make decisions on behalf of the NAC and may not report directly to the Administrator or any other entity.

The NAC has three standing subcommittees and one ad-hoc subcommittee: the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, the Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, the Response and Recovery Subcommittee, and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Ad-Hoc Subcommittee. These subcommittees are comprised entirely of NAC members.

The NAC also has two Congressionally mandated subcommittees: the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee and RESPONSE Act Subcommittee. One or more members of the NAC participate on these subcommittees.


The NAC provides the FEMA Administrator with advice and counsel through recommendations developed by its subcommittees and deliberated and voted on at its committee meetings.

See Recommendations and Responses for earlier NAC recommendations.

Contact Information

For more information about the NAC or questions about this page, please contact the Office of the National Advisory Council.


Phone: (202) 646-2700

Fax: (540) 504-2331

Mailing Address:

Office of the National Advisory CouncilFederal Emergency Management Agency500 C Street SW

Washington, DC 20472-3184

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