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Curtis C. Brown, MPA

Phone: (804) 828-0811

Curtis Brown is an experienced homeland security and emergency management executive, educator, and disaster equity thought leader. His experience includes developing innovative policies and programs, building partnerships, driving innovation, enhancing team performance, and managing complex organizations. His diverse work experiences include  key roles on the federal, state, and local levels. Over his career, Brown has advised three Governors and the Chair of a U.S. House of Representative Committee on emergency management and homeland security issues. Brown currently serves as Visiting Senior Practitioner in Residence in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. He supports the work of the Research Institute for Social Equity and teaches courses within Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program. He previously served as the State Coordinator (Director) of Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), leading the agency during its most active period in its history. Brown is the co-founder of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity and implementing equitable practices to build community resilience. He is the Principal and CEO of B.E. Syndicate LLC. Brown is nationally recognized expert for promoting diversity and implementing inclusive and equitable emergency management policies and programs for historically marginalized individuals and communities, providing expert testimony before the United States Congress and as a keynote and panelist for conferences throughout the country.

Brown received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Radford University, Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. Brown is recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy, Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program. He serves on the Equitable Climate Resilience Advisory Panel for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Resilient Virginia Board of Directors, and National Emergency Management Association Board of Directors. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and recognitions, including in 2022 being named VEMA Professional of the Year.