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NTHMP Leadership

The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) is led by its Chair, Subcommittee Co-Chairs, Caucus Co-Chairs, and in cooperation with its Coordinating Committee. These are the officers and leadership of the NTHMP:

Position Leader How Appointed/Term of Office
Chair Dr. Grant Cooper, Director, National Weather Service Western Region, Salt Lake City, UT

Appointed by NOAA Administrator's designate, the Deputy Assistant Administrator For Weather Services.

Reaffirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee at the NTHMP Annual Meeting in odd-numbered years.

Mapping and Modeling Subcommittee
NOAA Co-Chair
Ms. Marie Eble, Oceanographer, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, Seattle, WA

Elected in 2016 by voting members of the MMS and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in even-numbered years at the MMS meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Mapping and Modeling Subcommittee
State Co-Chair
Dr. Dmitry Nicolsky, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

Elected in 2017 by voting members of the MMS and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in odd-numbered years at the MMS meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Mitigation and Education Subcommittee
FEMA Co-Chair
Ms. Tamra Biasco, Risk Analysis Branch Chief, FEMA Region X, Lynnwood, WA

Elected in August 2017 at a special election by voting members of the MES and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in even-numbered years at the MES meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Mitigation and Education Subcommittee
NOAA Co-Chair
Ms. Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade, Manager, Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program, Mayaguez, PR

Elected in 2017 by voting members of the MES and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in odd-numbered years at the MES meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Mitigation and Education Subcommittee
State Co-Chair
Mr. Kevin Miller, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, San Francisco, CA

Elected in 2017 by voting members of the MES and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in odd-numbered years at the MES meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Warning Coordination Subcommittee
NOAA Co-Chair
Dr. Charles (Chip) McCreery, Director, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Honolulu, HI

Directors of NWS Tsunami Warning Centers have a permanent appointment as a Co-Chair of the WCS.
Warning Coordination Subcommittee
NOAA Co-Chair
Dr. Paul Huang, Acting Director, National Tsunami Warning Center, Palmer, AK

(No photo available)

Directors of NWS Tsunami Warning Centers have a permanent appointment as a Co-Chair of the WCS.
Warning Coordination Subcommittee
State Co-Chair
Dr. Althea Rizzo, Emergency Management Specialist, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Salem, OR

Elected in 2017 by voting members of the WCS and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in odd-numbered years at the WCS meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Island Caucus
Co-Chair
Dr. Victor Huerfano, Acting Director, Puerto Rico Seismic Network, Mayaguez, PR

Elected in 2017 at the first Island Caucus meeting and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in odd-numbered years at the Island Caucus meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Island Caucus
Co-Chair
Mr. Kevin Richards, Natural Hazards Chief, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Honolulu, HI

Elected in 2017 at the first Island Caucus meeting and confirmed by NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Position up for election in odd-numbered years at the Island Caucus meeting held during the NTHMP Annual Meeting.

Administrator Dr. Rocky Lopes, Deputy Tsunami Program Manager, National Weather Service Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD

This is an ex-officio position that serves as staff support to the NTHMP.

Position appointed by the NTHMP Chair in 2013 and continues indefinitely.

To reach any of these people, get contact information here.


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