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Panelist Bio


Wayne Rickard
FEMA, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Wayne Rickard has been with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 26 years, serving variously as emergency analyst, hazard mitigation officer, field office director, regional operations center director and communications chief.

As the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator in Louisiana, Rickard promotes federal, state, tribal and private sector collaboration in long-term recovery.

In 2002, Rickard was named a Truman Scholar. He was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy in 2003 and has served as the Department of Homeland Security’s liaison in London.

Rickard holds a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial and strategic management from the University of North Texas. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

In 2013, he completed the Master’s Program in Homeland Security Studies at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Born in Ohio and raised in Alabama, Rickard lives in North Texas.

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