Mr. Letvin serves as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation. Mr. Letvin directs FEMA’s pre- and post-disaster mitigation programs that support sustainable, disaster-resilient communities, to avoid or reduce the loss of life, property, and financial impacts of natural hazards. These programs include the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, the Flood Mitigation Assistance grants, the Floodplain Management component of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and the Community Rating System under the NFIP. In addition, Mr. Letvin leads the hazard mitigation disaster workforce cadre and overall disaster operations for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Mr. Letvin was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2016.
Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Letvin was the Director of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Reduction Policy with the National Security Council, The White House. He coordinated the development and effective delivery of mitigation capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal and advised the President in the mitigation mission area. Mr. Letvin led interagency efforts to develop Executive Orders which resulted in the resiliency of the built environment to flood, earthquake and wildfire hazards. Prior to serving at the National Security Council, Mr. Letvin was the Disaster and Failure Studies Program Director within the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Engineering Laboratory. Before coming to NIST, Mr. Letvin was Leader of Infrastructure Research and Resiliency Team in the Homeland Security Group of URS (AECOM). Mr. Letvin holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore.