Marcus Coleman

Senior Associate at HWC Inc.

Marcus Coleman is a Senior Associate at HWC Inc., where he supports emergency management and resilience projects that promote individual and community level actions to reduce risks against disasters.

From 2013 – 2018, Marcus led the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives (formerly the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships) disaster operations and disaster readiness activities, including serving as Acting Director (2018), Acting Deputy Director (2017 – 2018) and Special Assistant (2013 – 2016). During his time at the Center, Marcus supported more than 15 disaster activations and special mission responses including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the 2015 influx of unaccompanied children, and post-incident national outreach and messaging after the Charleston, SC, San Bernardino, CA, Las Vegas, NV and Sutherland Springs, TX active shooter incidents. Marcus also led out on various efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation as a means to advance national security interest.

Marcus’ experience in emergency management has afforded opportunities to make substantial contributions toward strengthening equity in emergency management. This includes developing, managing and strengthening national partnerships with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; AARP; Institute of the Black World Black Family Summit’s Emergency Management Taskforce and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Marcus has co-developed content that is changing the landscape of emergency management, including FEMA’s guidance for 

Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers; FEMA’s course on Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disasters in partnership with fellow Truman member Brie Loskota.

Marcus is a proud Alum of Howard University (BBA), American University (MPA), and is an active member of Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

Marcus lives in Washington, DC with his Wife and fellow Howard Alum, Amber English Coleman.

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