GSPIA has hired Lindsey Anderson, who just stepped down as Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator in the Office of Response and Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C., to serve as a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Public Affairs for 2017-18. Anderson will also serve as Interim Director of GSPIA’s Center for Disaster Management and as Executive in Residence for the new Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum.
Anderson earned a BA summa cum laude in English Writing and Spanish at Pitt in 2006 and then an MPIA in 2009 from GSPIA. She received the GSPIA Dean’s Award at graduation and was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). As a PMF she worked at both the U.S. Agency for International Development (based in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance) and FEMA’s Office of Response & Recovery. In 2011 she was appointed Policy Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Administrator for Response at FEMA, where she deployed to Hurricane Sandy in support of Assistant Administrator and Deputy National Security Advisor to the President and then served as Directorate lead on the Hurricane Sandy after-action process. From 2013-16 she served as Policy Unit Chief & Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy and Doctrine of the Response Directorate, where her duties included: managing a team of nine analysts responsible for portfolios in operations, planning, emergency communications, the disaster workforce, and external affairs; establishing an analytics capability to determine whether response programs were meeting established standards; and overseeing day-to-day management of the Emergency Support Function Leadership Group, which includes senior representatives from major interagency partners. In 2016-17 she moved to her most recent position, where she served as representative of the Associate Administrator across FEMA and with Federal partners, provided counsel during major disasters and exercises (including Hurricane Matthew and Louisiana floods), established a peer group of advisors to share best practices and resolve cross-component challenges, and facilitated an innovative initiative to support spontaneous volunteers and emergent behavior in disasters.