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Tony Russell
Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Region VIII (Louisiana Panel)

Mr. Russell is currently serving as the Acting Director of FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery (LA TRO) in New Orleans. In this role, he is committed to making certain the needs of Louisiana disaster victims are met. He is also dedicated to promoting a positive work environment at the LA TRO that fosters mutual respect and support among all members of the local FEMA team.

Mr. Russell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a Federal Coordinating Officer. With over six years of FCO experience, he coordinates the Federal response and recovery support to state and local emergency management officials after a presidentially declared disaster.

He has managed various complex disasters in Washington, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, New Mexico and Montana to name a few. Prior to assuming the position as FCO, he served in numerous emergency response and recovery positions.

Mr. Russell has over a quarter-century of experience in emergency response procedures, methodologies, seminar facilitation and course development. His audiences have included national and international responders, such as Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Russell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. He has also earned a Masters of Arts in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from National University and a Masters in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School. Mr. Russell also holds the Certified Emergency Manager designation.

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