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Morrie Goodman

Director of Communications

Federal Emergency Management Agency

HQ Phone:  (202) 566-1600

Email: m***@***.gov


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Federal Emergency Management Agency

500 C Street SW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20472

United States

Company Description

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA online at ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Vice President of Communications for Air Traffic Management Division

The Boeing Company


Next Horizon Communications , LLC

Assistant Administrator, Public Affairs

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Vice President of Communications

James Lee Witt Associates LLC


Foresight Communications LLC


U.S. Department of Commerce

Key Member of the White House Economic Communications

Goodman Communications , LLC



Press Secretary


bachelor's degree


University of Kansas

Web References(61 Total References)

Good Man Communications [cached]

Goodman Communications and founder Morrie Goodman
Goodman Communications was started in 2003 by Morrie Goodman, a nationally recognized and award winning crisis communications and emergency information professional. His clients include the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, FEMA and other federal and state agencies and private sector concerns for which he develops and writes crisis communications plans. He has recently facilitated the development of emergency communications plans for FEMA's catastrophic planning initiatives and developed and wrote the crisis communications plans for state emergency management agencies. Goodman served as Director of Strategic Communications and Emergency Information at the Federal Emergency Management Agency from January 1993 to November 1998. He managed crisis communications for some of the nation's worst disasters, including; the Northridge earthquake, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Great Midwest floods, Southern California wildfires, hurricanes and more than 200 other presidentially declared disasters. He also worked with the National Transportation Safety Board managing press after the explosion of TWA 800 and managing the board's hearings. For his work in disaster communications, Goodman won several awards, including the Federal Technology Leadership Award and top honors from the Public Relations Society of America for his development of innovative communications, including live television programming and newsletters intended to keep disaster victims informed in the immediate aftermath of and recovery from disasters. He developed and taught courses in crisis communications at the Emergency Management Institute and served as a consultant to NATO lecturing and participating in seminars in Europe and Russia. Goodman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas. He currently resides in Washington, DC.

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However, FEMA spokesman Morrie Goodman denied any
Times criticizing the adverse effects of FEMA's intervention, Morrie Goodman, the agency's director of public communications, went ballistic. He called Tucker and declaimed, "I gave you a $100,000 grant" to study emergency warning systems in Alabama last year. (The grant, in fact, had been given to Auburn University.) After Tucker wrote about Goodman's call, Goodman left a message calling him "a management review board recommended that Goodman should be removed from office. In response, Witt simply moved Goodman to a new post- -director of strategic

Morrie Goodman | Foresight Communications - Public And Media Relations Firm [cached]

Morrie Goodman is an award-winning public relations and crisis communications counselor and journalist. He currently advises global corporations, foreign governments and federal and state agencies on all aspects of public affairs. Most recently, he provided strategic guidance on reputation management to a multi-national corporation. He is perhaps best known for playing a key role in helping transform the image of FEMA, from one of the worst, to of the most respected agencies in federal government. Morrie has been in the trenches and in war rooms managing communications for some of our nation's worst crises and emergencies. He served as assistant administrator for public affairs and communications at NASA, where he managed immense press coverage during the wind down of the Space Shuttle program and the controversy over reduced funding and direction for the next chapter of the agency's manned space flight program. Morrie led the reorganization of NASA's communications department to align with the agency new directions and initiatives. Morrie Goodman and NASA administrator Charles Bolden during a post-launch press conference. Morrie Goodman and NASA administrator Charles Bolden during a post-launch press conference. Morrie served as press secretary at the United States Department of Commerce, where he was a key member of the White House economic communications team, developing messages, statements and communiqués announcing administration policy on trade and the key economic indicators. He accompanied two Commerce Secretaries on trade missions around the world, working with corporate communications teams abroad, foreign government communications executives and foreign press, often issuing statements and arranging press events announcing news-making initiatives and decisions. He developed and manged national campaigns to promote global trade, called Trade Globally, Prosper Locally. Morrie served as director of emergency information and communications at FEMA, managing communications for dozens of catastrophic events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, Northridge earthquake and the TWA 800 explosion. He was an adjunct professor of emergency communications at the U.S. Emergency Management Institute, which is also home of the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy, where he led national Fire Safe campaigns. As part of his FEMA duties, he served as a consultant to NATO, working with member nations on best practices in crisis communications. His work on reputation management and communications won the Federal Technology Leadership Award and top honors from the Public Relations Society of America. He has been credited by his colleagues and government historians for dramatically improving FEMA's reputation, following Hurricane Andrew. He left the agency prior to Hurricane Katrina. Following his government tenure, Morrie served as vice president, communications for Boeing's Air Traffic Management division. As a communications and public relations practioner, his clients have included BP, where he counseled company executives on reversing negative press following the Gulf oil catastrophe, Potomac Electric Power Company, which retained Morrie for crisis communications following a record snowfall when the company had overpromised and under delivered and was under attack by the news media. He worked for Erickson Aircrane, where he was retained to help market the famous helicopters internationally. "Senior FEMA staff credited FEMA's public affairs director, Morrie Goodman, with a significant role in changing the agency's public image." - IBM Endowment for the Business of Government Presidential Transition Series - Transforming Organizations "Public Affairs Director Morrie Goodman reshaped FEMA's communications to actively engage the media throughout the response period. "What manager worth his salt wouldn't send irreverent Morrie Goodman out there to hack through the doubt and hammer home our message." Now, teaming up with award winning broadcast journalist Mary Nissenson and former FEMA director and now a highly successful counselor to fortune 500 companies James Lee Witt as senior advisors, Morrie has launched Foresight Communications, a full service, fully integrated public relations, communications and marketing agency.

Services | Foresight Communications - Public And Media Relations Firm [cached]

Morrie Goodman, who was then FEMA's Director of Communications was in charge of media operations in partnership with the FBI.
Hundreds of journalists from around the world descended on the scene. It was a press frenzy of massive proportions. Morrie was responsible for media logistics and worked with The White House and senior government executives in developing critical messages, while a stunned nation focused on every word. Oklahoma City Bombing Oklahoma City Bombing Two 800 Explosion Morrie was sent by the White House to the scene of the TWA 800 explosion over Long Island Sound. His job was to help the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) manage the press during the hours and days following the tragedy. His responsibilities included message development for press conferences and media updates, and arranging multi-language simultaneous translation of the press conferences and family briefings. In addition, Morrie was responsible for managing the final hearings which were covered by journalists from around the world. TWA 800 Explosion, Long Island TWA 800 Explosion, Long Island Crisis Communications Consultant to NATO Morrie was appointed to a three-year term as a special consultant to NATO. He traveled to member countries and led seminars on best practices for crisis communications and is considered a subject matter expert, often sought-after for his advice and strategic counsel. NATO Headquarters, Brussels NATO Headquarters, Brussels BP - Salvaging a Sinking Reputation When BP was drowning in bad press following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Morrie was hired by the company to analyze its media operations, public outreach, and news coverage. In addition, he provided recommendations to help repair the damage to the company's reputation. Morrie was hired by the law firm Hunton & Williams, which represented the inspector's employer, a global company. He convinced the reporter and her editors it was in the public interest not to run the story. Morrie reasoned the story would have slowed the community recovery considerably if homeowners were afraid to allow inspectors into their damaged houses.

Context of 'April 1, 1979-Present: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Secretly Dedicated to Continuity of Government Program' [cached]

"What [Director Witt has] done is put FEMA in an all-hazards approach and put it aboveboard," says FEMA spokesperson Morrie Goodman.
"There are, of course," Goodman adds, "certain areas that can't be discussed or even acknowledged. That's just the nature of the beast.

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