Wade is the Deputy Director for FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning Program Office. The IPAWS is a national system for local alerting providing public safety officials at all levels of government capabilities to broadcast targeted alert and warning messages to people via cellular phones, radio and television, NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radios, and Internet applications. The IPAWS Program, in accordance with the IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 and Executive Order 13407, supports more than 1,000 agencies nationwide and continuously works to enhance and evolve the system to leverage future communications systems to deliver timely and effective warning messages to people in danger.
Wade has over 20 years of experience in program management, acquisition, and systems engineering. Before joining FEMA, Wade was the Deputy Director for Enterprise Architecture and Systems Engineering at the White House Communications Agency, and served 9 years in the Defense Information Systems Agency as a systems engineer and program and portfolio manager for senior leadership communications programs. Wade has an Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and is a DHS Level III Acquisition Program Manager.