SEATTLE—Donna Erat, former intergovernmental liaison for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Clinton Administration, is joining APCO Worldwide as vice president. As part of APCO’s government relations practice, Erat will offer expertise in the areas such as the federal grants-making process, federal appropriations, homeland security and emergency management issues.
During her last two years with FEMA, Erat reported directly to FEMA director James Lee Witt on disaster-related matters. She coordinated with the White House, tribal state and local elected officials, other federal agencies, and nonprofit and public interest groups on disaster and legislative issues.
Prior to joining APCO Erat owned a public affairs company in Seattle with clients that included tribal, state, and local governments; utility providers; major corporations, and gaming interests. Previously, she was director of federal resources development for Maximus, an international consulting company; and senior policy advisor for the Cascadia Project, a regional think tank.