Monique Wheeler is a disaster management and humanitarian assistance subject matter expert. She has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and mitigation, training and education, project management, engineering, program implementation, and planning.
Monique worked on the National Level Exercise 2022 and 2024, supporting FEMA in exercise design and development and was also a lead writer for the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) 2020 Doctrine revision for the FEMA National Exercise Division. She also participated in the development of the United States’ first ever cybersecurity grant via the Invest in America Act in which a $1 billion grant program was created for state, local, and tribal governments to increase their cybersecurity capacity and capability. She spent two years at the Pentagon leading emergency management and writing policy for the US Air Force and served in mitigating climate change at US military installations around the world. Internationally, Monique led teams to write the after action report (AAR) for the United States’ response to the Nepal Earthquake in 2014, and she provided recommendations for a $500 million-dollar World Bank development project in Bangladesh. She was also the Assessment Lead in Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, working at the embassy and ministry levels to assist partner nations in developing their emergency management agencies by identifying their areas of improvement, strengths, strategy, and capability gaps. Additionally, she led, coordinated, and participated in bilateral and multilateral engagements at the strategic level in Republic of Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and Guam. Monique also served as the team lead for the development of regionalized disaster management and peacekeeping curricula at two peacekeeping training centers located in East and West Africa.
Monique serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Management and the Journal of Gender Based Violence. She earned an MS in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in water resources and an MA in urban and regional planning with an emphasis in disaster management, both at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently pursuing her PhD in liberal studies at Georgetown University.