About ICF

Ryan Arba

Senior Manager, Disaster Recovery
Ryan is a disaster recovery expert with over 10 years of experience in complex disaster recovery and mitigation projects. 

Ryan has more than a decade of experience applying emergency management and resilience strategies to electric utility wildfire mitigation, seismic hazard mitigation, and all-hazard response events. 

Ryan manages a portfolio of electric utility resilience projects across the West Coast. This work includes identifying and developing competitive applications for federal grants, advising electric utilities on their utility wildfire mitigation programs, and executing obligated projects. Ryan’s current projects exceed $500 million in requested federal funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Recovery sections 406/428 Public Assistance programs, FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, and FEMA 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Earlier in his career, Ryan’s assignments included building, training, and leading the evaluation team for the 2020-2021 California utility wildfire mitigation plans and launching the 2019 California Earthquake Early Warning public alert. He also served as a liaison to utility staff and local governments—advising on FEMA regulations, emergency response tactics, and mitigation strategies—during daily operations and federally declared disasters.

 
Education
  • M.P.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., California State University, Monterey Bay