Russell Fox, Analysis and Integration Branch Chief. FEMA Region II

Russell Fox

Analysis and Integration Branch Chief, FEMA Region II

Russell Fox has more than 24 years of experience in planning, evaluating, administering, and managing complex domestic and international emergency management programs. In 2016, he was appointed as the Analysis and Integration Branch Chief FEMA Region II within the National Preparedness Division responsible for continuity of operations, individual and community preparedness, after action/corrective action reporting, and risk analysis. Prior to this position he served as the Regional Continuity Manager responsible for FEMA Region II’s readiness and outreach to federal, state, and local governments and the private sector with respect to continuity of operations and pandemic planning. His responsibilities included the development of multi-state, all-hazard exercise scenarios and managing a comprehensive training program throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Fox currently serves as the Internship Coordinator, working with local colleges and universities to place student interns throughout Region II.

Since beginning his career with FEMA in 2002, Fox’s responsibilities have varied from managing mitigation projects to exercising and evaluating radiological hazards. He also served as the Regional Training Manager and was the principal advisor responsible for planning and implementing a preparedness training strategy for internal staff and emergency support function, state, and tribal partners. He has worked on numerous federally declared disasters including hurricanes Maria, Irma, Sandy, and Katrina.

Fox received the FEMA Administrator’s Award in 2015 and 2016, for providing continuity training and support for first responders and enhancing school safety in New Jersey.  In 2015, he also received a letter of commendation by FEMA’s National Continuity Programs for identifying innovative ways to enhance continuity capabilities. Fox is also the 2014 recipient of the Buffalo Federal Executive Board (FEB) Chairman’s Award and the 2012 New York City FEB Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, which he received for duties performed as the FEMA Region II Continuity Manager.

Fox began his career working in Togo, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer promoting environmental conservation and potable water sources. Later he worked at the U.S. Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., providing international development programming, training, security, and disaster response/mitigation assistance to over 300 staff and 2,000 volunteers in 30 countries. Today, Fox lives with his partner in Brooklyn, NY, and they spend their free time traveling the world.