Leadership & Structure

I-DIEM was co-founded by Chauncia Willis and Curtis Brown, emergency management practitioners with many years of experience at all levels of government and the private sector. They have experienced the damaging impacts caused by a lack of diversity and inclusion first-hand, and they have been privy to many of the disproportionately biased policy and funding decisions that have negatively affected underserved communities.   I-DIEM was established out of a defined need, validated by scientific research, for professional parity for women and people of color and other marginalized groups in the field of emergency management

Statement from the CEO

Chauncia Willis

Chauncia Willis

Co-Founder and CEO

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management was founded to serve as a source of hope for the future of emergency management.  It is my belief that there is a fierce urgency of now. We must work together as a team to combat the negative impacts of climate change and other disasters that we know will impact the most vulnerable among us the most.  We cannot continue to do the most for the most, we must now be more intentional in efforts, doing the most for the least of us.  I know firsthand what it is like to experience repetitive bias, hateful discrimination and the pain of intentional exclusion at work based on my ethnicity, age, gender and being single parent.  I have seen and heard the bias, discrimination and the intentional and unintentional inequitable practices in disaster throughout my years in the field. The thought of disaster survivors experiencing disparate treatment at their time of greatest need lights a fire within me, demanding that we work together to create sustainable, impactful change.  As we stand at the precipice of change, let us leap together into a diverse, inclusive and equitable future for everyone.

Board of Directors

(To Be Announced)

Advisory Board Members

(To Be Announced)