Assistant Administrator, National Preparedness Directorate Resilience
Alex Amparo currently serves as the Assistant Administrator of the FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). NPD has seven business units with over 400 personnel charged with providing guidance, programs, activities and services, delivering education, training and exercises, to build a culture of preparedness across the nation. Mr. Amparo has also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of NPD.
From January 20, 2021, to January 1, 2022, Mr. Amparo served as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Administrator for Resilience. In this role, Mr. Amparo led an organization of more than 1,400 employees across four major and three minor components that include the Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration, National Preparedness Directorate, Grant Programs Directorate, National Continuity Programs, Office of Counterterrorism and Security Preparedness, Office of Resilience Integration and Coordination, and Resilience Enterprise Operations. His distinguished career in emergency management spans more than two decades at the State and Federal levels. Mr. Amparo entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2011.
From September 2019 through September 2020, Mr. Amparo served on a detail as the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for response and recovery operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following hurricanes Irma and Maria. He was also the Federal Coordinating Officer for the earthquakes that affected the southern part of Puerto Rico in 2020.
Mr. Amparo’s career includes serving in roles such as the Acting Director of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs (OEA), Assistant Administrator of the Recovery Directorate and Senior Advisor to the Office of Response and Recovery, among many others. At the State level, Mr. Amparo was the Director of Emergency Management at the Florida Commission on Community Service and served as a senior staff member in the office of the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. Throughout his career in emergency management, Mr. Amparo has gained subject matter expertise in the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs.
Under his leadership, programs disbursed over $40 billion in federal disaster aid across more than 535 major disasters and emergencies. In 2017 alone, more than $4.5 billion in disaster recovery assistance was distributed to individuals and communities affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the California wildfires. Additionally, Mr. Amparo spearheaded a pilot program that allows FEMA to provide fixed-capped grants based on estimates for large infrastructure repair projects damaged as a result of disasters. In 2008, Mr. Amparo received the Governor’s Award for exceptional leadership in the emergency management field, the highest honor awarded by the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference. Mr. Amparo holds a Bachelor of Science in Multinational Business from Florida State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.