Commentary: Observations by a Practitioner


  • Laurence W. Zensinger joined Dewberry Consultants, LLC, in 2004 as vice president for homeland security, for which he has managed contracts for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) involving disaster housing, including installation and maintenance of manufactured housing for Hurricane Katrina and for disasters in Iowa and North Dakota. Before joining Dewberry, he spent 26 years with FEMA in several capacities, including director of the Recovery Directorate. In that role, he had responsibility for administering FEMA's disaster recovery programs on a nationwide basis. E-mail:

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