James Lee Witt
James Lee Witt is a former White House cabinet member and director of FEMA.
As FEMA Director, Mr. Witt coordinated federal disaster response and recovery on behalf of the White House and oversaw more than 350 disasters, some of which were the most devastating disasters of all time.
Following his service in government, James Lee authored a book titled Stronger in the Broken Places: Nine Lessons for Turning Crisis into Triumph.
James Lee currently servers as the CEO of Witt Global Partners and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Witt O’Brien’s providing local governments, the international community, corporations, hospitals, universities, and other non-profit organizations with innovative disaster mitigation solutions.
Mr. Haddow is a recognized emergency management subject matter expert, and currently serves on the executive and governing boards of several influential hazard and risk-focused institutes and organizations. He has worked on a range of homeland security and emergency management projects with clients that include FEMA, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, The World Bank, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the Global Partnership for Preparedness.
Jane A. Bullock served as Chief of Staff to FEMA Director James Lee Witt in the final 5 years of her 21-year career in that agency. She has been a pioneer in the field of emergency management since 1979, and carries a broad range of experience with a singular focus on risk reduction program design and implementation. Ms. Bullock is considered an authority in the field of emergency management, and was selected to serve on President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Transition Team to lead the investigation and reporting on the most important issues impacting FEMA and the nation’s emergency management system
Rod Sweetman is consider by his peers to be an expert in public policy and government relations. He served as Deputy State Director and Federal Agency Liaison for Senator Blanche Lincoln, where he rapidly became the expert in Immigration and Veteran Affairs casework. He was designated Arkansas Military Liaison in a 24x7 high-demand environment. His early career took him to Washington, where he worked for Lockheed-Martin as a Counter-terrorism Intelligence Analyst. His policymaking experience includes immigration, military, veteran affairs and federal communication issues.