Colby E. Stanton joined the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board in March 2022 as its Executive Director. As the largest federal employer in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility serves as the host agency for the HPFEB, and Ms. Stanton is proud to join the Shipyard Ohana. Ms. Stanton previously served as the director of readiness at the Pacific Area Office (PAO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in Region 9 from March 2010-March 2022. In that role, she served as a standing member of the HP-FEB’s Executive Committee and was the HPFEB’s Chair in Fiscal Year 2014 and Vice Chair in FYs 2012 and 2013. From the PAO, located in Hawaii, Ms. Stanton supported the coordination and implementation of FEMA’s mitigation, preparedness and mission support programs related to natural and man-made disasters in the Pacific. Ms. Stanton also served as the Federal Coordinating Officer for several Presidentially declared disasters in Hawaii and served as a Division Supervisor in responding to numerous others.
Prior to joining FEMA, Ms. Stanton served as director for the Center for Radiological Emergency Management within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. Ms. Stanton also worked in EPA’s Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, developing superfund policy and supporting regional cleanup efforts. Earlier experience with the EPA included several years in the field coordinating responses to oil spills and hazardous substance releases and corresponding cleanup efforts. Ms. Stanton’s private sector experience extends to working with an environmental and emergency
management consulting firm and a strategic management firm.
Ms. Stanton has a B.A. in Political Science and Chemistry from Wellesley College, an M.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and an M.A. from the Naval Postgraduate School in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense).