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Northern Michigan native chosen to lead FEMA

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich. — Deanne Criswell, a northern Michigan native, has been chosen by President-Elect Joe Biden to lead the Federal Emergency Management Association.

Criswell is a graduate of Manistee Catholic Central and served for FEMA from 2011 to 2017, for much of the Obama Administration. Currently, Criswell is the FEMA Commissioner in New York City.

On her nomination, Criswell says she is honored.

“As we face the devastating impacts of COVID-19, as well as the increasing threat of climate change, it is imperative that FEMA addresses these challenges with innovative ideas to serve all Americans fairly and equitably,” Criswell’s statement read. “I look forward to this incredible opportunity at this pivotal time in our nation’s history.”