President Joe Biden nominated Deanne Criswell, a Colorado State University alumna, to lead the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
Criswell went to CSU for her undergraduate education; she received a bachelor’s degree in technology education. She later earned master’s degrees in public administration and security studies from University of Colorado Denver and the Naval Postgraduate School, respectively.
Her Colorado connections don’t stop there. Criswell worked as the head of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management and served in the Colorado Air National Guard for 21 years.
CSU President Joyce McConnell expressed excitement on Twitter following Criswell’s nomination, writing, “We are so proud she is part of our CSU community!”
Criswell spent five years at FEMA during the Obama administration; she worked on the national incident management assistance team and on the federal coordinating officer cadre.
Most recently, Criswell has led New York City’s emergency management as the department’s commissioner. Following her nomination, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio released statements of support.
In his January statement, Schumer called her an “outstanding choice” and her appointment will put the country “in a stronger place to mitigate and respond to increasingly severe natural disasters.”
If her nomination is approved, Criswell will become the first woman to serve as the administrator of FEMA.
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