Associate Director for International Preparedness Programs
Janet Benini leads the Department of Transportation’s work in the Transportation International Crisis Preparedness area. Her Division coordinates the Department’s activities NATO’s Civil Emergency Preparedness Programs, the Disaster Assistance Working Group of the US/China Transportation Forum, and transportation disaster preparedness under the Asia/Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative, the US/Canada Transportation Civil Emergency Preparedness Committee and others. She also manages the DOT efforts under the State Department’s Civilian Response Corps program.
Ms. Benini is a career emergency manager, who joined DOT in 1998 as the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Transportation. From 2003 – 2005, she served at the White House Homeland Security Council as the Director of Response and Plans. She was the lead for the team that developed the Homeland Security Scenarios, and the White House lead for the National Response Plan.
She received a Hammer Award for Reinventing Government from the Vice President for her work in preparing for Y2K, a Special Commendation medal from the Transportation Secretary for her work following the attacks of 9/11, and together with other colleagues from S60, a Secretarial Gold Medal for the response to Hurricane Katrina. She recently was awarded a Secretarial Silver Medal for her work with China’s Ministry of Transport.
Ms. Benini is a part-time college professor, on emergency management topics, at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and George Washington University.
She is married to Aldo Benini, an international humanitarian and researcher. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.