Michael M. Grimm is the new USGS Associate Director of Natural Hazards Mission Area.
Michael Grimm serves as the Associate Director for Natural Hazards. In this role, Mike leads USGS hazards planning and response activities and oversees the Coastal and Marine Hazards & Resources, Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic Network, Geomagnetism, Landslide Hazards, and Volcano Hazards Programs.
Prior to coming to the USGS, Mike served with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for over 26 years. Most recently, Mike acted as the senior career executive in the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, leading the delivery of the agency’s risk management, mitigation, and flood insurance programs. Prior to that role, he served as the Assistant Administrator of both the Risk Management Directorate and the Mitigation Directorate. Mike also directed FEMA’s Individual Assistance Division and was responsible for several disaster response and recovery programs.
Prior to his career at FEMA, Mike held other governmental positions with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, emergency and floodplain management program; the State of Wyoming, Department of Environmental Quality inspecting coal and uranium mines; and the USGS National Research Program, in Denver, Colorado studying paleoflood hydrology.
Mike holds a master’s degree from Colorado State University's Department of Earth Resources focused on fluvial geomorphology. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in environmental studies with a minor in geology. He holds a Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School.