Luis Avila is Tidal Basin’s Vice President of Mitigation. In his role as VP, he oversees all mitigation operational functions of the company including hazard mitigation grants management across the United States and territories. Luis brings more than 25 years of experience in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation to the Tidal Basin table.
Luis’ experience includes work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he held the position of Hurricane Sandy Hazard Mitigation Branch Chief at FEMA Region 2. In this role, he led the team of technical professionals responsible for FEMA’s second-largest hazard mitigation grant program (HMGP) in history, $1.44 billion, while managing the Public Assistance Mitigation Program (406) resulting in over $5 billion of additional mitigation funds to public assistance projects in New York.
He has also served as DHS/FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Director as well as the Housing Sector Deputy Director under the DR 4339-Puerto Rico response where he directed and managed more than 150 staff members and supported the Federal Coordinating Officer, Regional Administrator, and Deputy Regional Administrator as a principal advisor on mitigation, housing development, and recovery.
Prior to his work with FEMA, Luis held various leadership roles at the American Red Cross, including Chief Response Officer of the Greater New York Region as well as Chief Operating Officer and Emergency Services Officer of the South Florida Region.
Throughout his career, Luis has responded to over 3,500 disasters, and been the recipient of several distinguished awards, such as the 2015 FEMA Administrator’s Award in the “Innovation: Creating Resilient Communities Through Innovative Mitigation Solutions” category and the Ground Zero Flag, which is given to exceptional leaders on the 9/11 response.
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