Curtis Brown has homeland security and emergency management experience at the federal, state, and local levels and is currently the State Coordinator (Director) of Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). Previously, Curtis has served as Chief Deputy State Coordinator, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Regional Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and as professional staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Curtis is a leader in promoting diversity and implementing inclusive and equitable emergency management policies and practices. He co-founded the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the application of equitable practices to improve disaster outcomes and build community resilience for the most vulnerable populations.
Curtis earned a BS in political science from Radford University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Virginia Tech, and an MA in homeland security and emergency preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program. Curtis is also recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers. He serves on the Equitable Climate Resilience Advisory Panel for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and for FEMA’s Mitigation Framework Leadership Group.