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Jonathan Hoyes

Jonathan Hoyes currently serves as the Director of the Technological Hazards Division (THD) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he is responsible for overseeing preparedness activities related to radiological and chemical hazards in coordination with Federal, State, local, tribal and key private sector partners inside the United States.  THD leads national efforts to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of communities surrounding commercials nuclear power plants and U.S. Army chemical weapons stockpile sites.  Jonathan and staff assure community preparedness in 37 States, with a population of over 160 million Americans, and across all ten FEMA Regions through the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

While serving as the FEMA THD Director, Jonathan Hoyes deployed to Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria to serve as a Recovery Subject Matter Expert and Accountable Executive for the designing and implementing FEMA’s $27 Billion (est.) Outcome-Based Recovery Initiative for Public Assistance.  Mr. Hoyes is redefining the traditional public assistance to deliver a sector-based approach to more than 78 Municipalities, state agencies and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico concurrently.

In 2015, Jonathan led the formation and stand up of a new Field Operations Directorate (FOD), within the Office Response and Recovery (ORR).  As FOD’s first Assistant Administrator, Jonathan integrated four Divisions, and over three hundred staff, at six locations nationwide, to create an efficient and effective new Directorate.  This was achieved by creating a common understanding of their individual and combined role to support the mission of FEMA’s field operations.

Jonathan joined FEMA in 2014, as the Director of the National Disaster Recovery Planning Division (NDRPD).  Shortly afterwards, he led the integration of NDRPD with the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC).  As the Director of this new Division, Jonathan had responsibility to lead, train, equip, and manage FEMA’s field operations leadership, including Federal Coordinating Officers (FCO) and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators (FDRC).  During that time, he also served two years as the Chair of the interagency Recovery Support Function Leadership Group (RSFLG).  In his role as the mission area lead for Recovery, he oversaw the successful rewrite of recovery doctrine as part of a broad update to National Preparedness doctrine.

Jonathan’s career started in the private sector and spanned over 20 years, focusing on infrastructure development and risk management, both in the US and international markets.  As a successful business owner and management consultant, Jonathan developed a reputation for outstanding service to federal, state and local emergency management clients, and, in the process, helped create one of the top ten Professional Engineering and Consulting businesses in the Mid-Atlantic Region (ENR, 2009).  Jonathan has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Financial Management and International Business.
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