Senior Political Advisor
Mr. Joe M. Allbaugh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Allbaugh International Group, LLC. As Director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2001 through March 2003, Allbaugh led the charge in managing and coordinating the U.S. Government’s response to some of the most devastating man-made and natural disasters in the U.S. While at FEMA, Allbaugh managed 2,500 employees and an annual budget of $3 billion.After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, Allbaugh coordinated the Federal government’s response and recovery efforts which cost well over $8 billion and were completed ahead of schedule.
Allbaugh was a founding member of the U.S. President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Allbaugh served as the Deputy Transportation Secretary for the State of Oklahoma. In 1994, he was brought to Texas by current President George W. Bush to manage his campaign for governor. After Bush’s victory in Texas, Allbaugh worked as his Chief of Staff for 5 years. Within this capacity, Allbaugh helped shape the state’s response procedures and approach to natural disasters such as tornados, floods and hurricanes which were common in the state.
In the latter part of 1999, Allbaugh shifted posts to become the campaign manager for the Bush-Cheney Presidential campaign. Allbaugh helped lead the campaign to victory and was a key member of a tight circle of aides serving the U.S. President that the media dubbed the “Iron Triangle” which included Karl Rove and Karen Hughes.
As U.S. President, Bush nominated Allbaugh to become Director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The U.S. Senate confirmed Allbaugh on Feb. 15, 2001, placing him at the helm of the nation’s response and assistance efforts to emergency and natural disasters.
Today, Allbaugh is applying his vast knowledge, experience, expertise and skills to provide emergency and disaster preparedness strategic counsel and services to private and public entities.