CHDS Association


Farley Howell joined the Oregon Federal Executive Board as Executive Director in April of 2016.  Mr. Howell supports the Policy Committee of the Oregon Federal Executive Board (OFEB) which sets goals and priorities based upon the common interests and needs of the local federal agencies.  The Policy Committee serves as a communications and networking forum for member agency leaders – a place where executives build relationships with colleagues and strengthen partnerships with fellow agencies. Mr. Howell served for 13 years as Federal Preparedness Coordinator and Director of the National Preparedness Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX office in Oakland, CA.  In that role, he led that Region’s preparedness efforts, facilitated threat assessments and capability estimation, represented the Regional Administrator as the principal advocate for preparedness activities, and oversaw Whole Community engagement. While at FEMA, Mr. Howell also administered Hazardous Materials, Continuity of Operations, Tribal Outreach, and Individual and Community Preparedness Programs, plus engaged in training, exercise and evaluation activities.  Mr. Howell served as Acting Deputy Regional Administrator from March 2014 through August 2015. Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Howell served more than 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he commanded multiple medical squadrons and hospitals.