FEMA director, Free Soil native, to speak at WSCC

June 19, 2023

Deanne Criswell

FEMA director, Free Soil native, to speak at WSCC

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) will host Deanne Criswell, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on Tuesday, June 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. at West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Auditorium. 

Criswell will give 10 minutes of opening remarks on the topic of climate change and disasters and then will be available for questions and answers from the audience. 

Criswell is a native of Free Soil and a 1984 graduate of Manistee Catholic Central High School. She earned a bachelor of science degree in technology education from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in public administration from University of Colorado Denver and a master’s degree in homeland security from Naval Postgraduate School. She served as a member of the Colorado Air National Guard with the 140th Wing and was deployed to Kuwait. She served as a firefighter for 21 years and managed the City of Aurora, Col. Office of Emergency Management. She later worked in FEMA during the Obama administration before becoming the commissioner of the New York City Department of Emergency Management. 

She was confirmed by the Senate as the first woman to serve as FEMA administrator on April 22, 2021.

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