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Biography: Joshua Barnes

Acting Director of Recovery
Office of Emergency Management
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Joshua Barnes serves as the Acting Director of the Recovery Division in the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In that capacity he leads the policy development, preparedness, and post-disaster implementation of the Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function.

Previously, he served on the White House National Security Council Staff as the Director for Preparedness Policy. He led, planned, and coordinated development and implementation of preparedness policies and grant programs. Included in those efforts was the implementation of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System which encompasses the protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas. In addition, he led interagency efforts to better integrate federal community resilience policies and metrics. Also, he led the Administration’s actions in building long-term drought resilience resulting in a Presidential Memorandum and associated Action Plan.
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Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Barnes served as the EDA Disaster Recovery Coordinator and led disaster recovery policy and technical assistance implementation efforts. In his tenure at EDA, he served as a core team member in the National Incident Command Economic Solutions Team responding to the economic recovery consequences from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In addition, Mr. Barnes served as the National Coordinator for the Economic Recovery Support Function, under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. In that role Mr. Barnes led interagency efforts to coordinate information sharing, technical assistance, and the leverage of resources to support major and catastrophic disasters nation-wide. Mr. Barnes also led economic resilience policy initiatives for the agency.


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  • This page last reviewed: June 30, 2017