William L. Carwile

Consultant at Cadmus / Former Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    William (Bill) L. Carwile retired from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery in January 2013. He had re-joined FEMA in 2009 when appointed by the Obama Administration. During this period he supervised FEMA’s operational components: the Response, Recovery, and Logistics Directorates, the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination, and the Office of Readiness Assessment. During Hurricanes Irene, 2011, and Sandy, 2012, and all other large-scale events from 2009 until his retirement, Mr. Carwile served as FEMA’s Director of Disaster Operations.

    In his previous service at FEMA, between 1996 and 2005, Mr. Carwile held a number of senior-level positions on large disaster response and recovery operations. As a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), he was the representative of the President and FEMA during major events, and served as the Director, FEMA’s Pacific Area Office. In this role he supervised preparedness (training and exercises), mitigation, and response and recovery efforts throughout the Pacific jurisdictions.

    Mr. Carwile’s senior emergency management leadership experiences include: major cyclonic events in the Pacific, Puerto Rico, and the Gulf Coast States; including Hurricane Katrina during which he was the FCO in Mississippi. Other senior leadership experiences include: the New York City World Trade Center response and the, at the time, unprecedented 2003 California Wildfires. During the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and two other National Special Security Events (NSSE) he supervised preparations for possible consequence management operations. During the Olympics he was the senior FEMA Senior Official in the FBI’s Operations Center.

    Throughout his FEMA service he demonstrated a full understanding of the supporting role of the federal government with state and local officials, and focused on building and maintaining strong intergovernmental and interagency partnerships to achieve unity of effort. His major methodology in operational planning and implementation efforts was a “whole community” approach, in which the resources, not only of government, but the private sector, voluntary organizations, and non-traditional sources were incorporated to address the needs of the entire survivor population.

    A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Mr. Carwile completed a distinguished 30-year career in which he served in command and operational staff positions in Special Forces, Infantry, and headquarters organizations. His overseas assignments include: Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Panama, and Japan. Of his awards and decorations, he is most proud of the Combat Infantry Badge.
    In addition to both his military and Federal government careers, Mr. Carwile has held positions as a subject matter expert at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and the Center for Civil Military Relations, both at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the US Agency for International Development, the Homeland Security Institute, and the World Bank.

    His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tulsa, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. He also completed national security studies at the United States Army War College in 1990. He and his wife, Anne, now reside in Bend, Oregon.