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Ex-FEMA Caribbean chief tapped to head Federal Executive Boards

Alejandro de la Campa, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Caribbean Division

By John McPhaul

Alejandro de la Campa, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Caribbean Division, has been chosen as executive director of the Federal Executive Boards of New York and Newark.

“As CEO, de la Campa will promote and offer programs and services related to emergency preparedness, employee safety, and workforce development and support,” said Anita Spinner, director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, Federal Executive Board (FEB) Operations, in a written statement. “He will also administer quarterly meetings in Newark and New York City with the leaders of regional federal government agencies, provide coordination and assistance to connect federal government agencies during response and recovery from any event, incident or disaster, and will provide coordination and training/exercise support for continuation and emergency management programs for FEB participating collaborators.”

“His duties will include serving as a spokesperson for the FEB along with the FEB Board leadership at professional-level conferences, meetings, committees and working groups of elected officials and politicians, and will support the FEB Network by strengthening the capacity of all FEBs and improving common causes within the administrative functions of the network,” Spinner added.

De la Campa was the director of FEMA’s Caribbean Division for 13 years in Puerto Rico. Most recently, he traveled to New York City to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts and response operations to the Hurricane Ida disaster.

Currently, there are 28 FEBs nationwide in areas with a high concentration of federal agencies and federal employees. Each FEB represents an average of 140 agency components, depending on their geographic area of responsibility, and is made up of the highest-ranking local federal leaders. FEBs are a model of government based on collaboration, Spinner said in the statement.

The boards make inter-governmental and inter-institutional coordination possible by identifying common causes and creating cooperative relationships. FEBs offer specific training programs, employee development, shared resources, and local community outreach and participation, the statement said.

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