Samantha Medlock

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Samantha Medlock serves as the assistant administrator for resilience strategy. She oversees policy, doctrine, strategy, and evaluation efforts for the entire Federal Emergency Management Agency Resilience organization. The mission of the organization is to prepare communities, reduce suffering, and speed recovery. Prior to joining executive service, Medlock was senior counsel to the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis during the 116th and 117th Congresses, leading work on resilience, adaptation, and preparedness, including managing the committee’s science, public health, infrastructure, housing, finance, and national security portfolios. She joined the committee from a private sector role in climate risk management, insurance, and finance. Medlock served as a senior advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget and deputy director in the Council on Environmental Quality, coordinating resilience policy across the Executive Office of the President and the administration, modernizing federal flood policy, and steering partnerships with local leaders and the private sector. Medlock has more than 25 years of experience in land use and disaster law and policy, and has testified in Congress on flood risk, levee safety, and resilient recovery from disasters. She is a recipient of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service for her service on the National Committee on Levee Safety created by Congress after Hurricane Katrina.