John P. Philbin, Ph.D.

Director of Communications

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John P. "Pat" Philbin was appointed as the Director of Communications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency on June 26, 2006.  He is responsible for developing and implementing the overall communication strategy for FEMA. 

Mr. Philbin has more than 20 years of experience in strategic communication, public affairs, organization management, business development and innovative leadership within government organizations.  Specifically, he has broad experience working with top-level, senior government officials and company executives in a number of capacities including crisis communication, media relations, marketing communications, brand management, government relations, and strategic planning. 

Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Philbin worked for Anteon/General Dynamics Information Technology as a Technical Director where he served as a consultant in strategic communication to the Department of Defense's Business Transformation Agency directing and assisting in communication efforts to Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the general public.  Pat also served as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Communications for a private security firm.  

Previously, Mr. Philbin served 21 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he retired as Chief of Public Affairs in 2004.  Other notable staff assignments include serving as the Deputy Chief of the Coast Guard's Strategic Analysis Staff, Press Assistant to the Commandant (formerly Admiral James Loy) and Chief of Coast Guard Media Relations.  Operational assignments include more than seven years of shipboard experience, including command of two Coast Guard cutters. 

Mr. Philbin holds a Doctorate in Communication from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  He also holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. 

Mr. Philbin and his wife, Erin, have four children and reside in Northern Virginia.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 30-Aug-2006 12:17:46 EDT