Curtis Brown currently serves as the Chief Deputy State Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). Previously, Curtis served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Regional Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.
Throughout his career, Curtis has been a leader in promoting diversity and developing inclusive policies. In 2019, Curtis co-founded the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM), a 501c3 non-profit organization. I-DIEM’s mission is to diversify the field of emergency management and provide training on the practical application of equitable practices to improve disaster outcomes and build community resilience.
Curtis received a B.S. in Political Science from Radford University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and an M.A. in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy and Executive Leaders Program through the Naval Postgraduate School. Curtis is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers