Our Team

Meet Our Founders



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.

Advisory Board Members

Ellis Stanley

Sindy Benavides

Adam Thiel

Kay C. Goss

Marcus Coleman

David Kaufman

Kellie Bentz

Ruha Devanesan

DeeDee Bennett, PhD

Henry Comas

Our Partners