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Dolores Acurso

Technical Director, FEMA Program Management and Implementation

Dolores Acurso has spent more than 25 years as a leader in designing, developing, managing, and implementing FEMA-funded disaster assistance recovery programs, including overseeing grant programs at the state, federal, and local level. In the last 11 years she has also worked on HUD CDBG-DR funded programs including the design, management and implementation of both housing, and infrastructure programs. She served as a response and/or recovery operations manager for 22 major disasters since 1992, serving as program manager for all three FEMA disaster recovery programs (Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program) and for HUD CDBG-DR funded programs since 2007. In New Jersey, for example she implemented the $250 million Non-Federal Cost Share program, the $100 million Flood Hazard Risk Reduction program, the $300 million Blue Acres Buyout Program, and the $100 million HMGP Elevation Program.