Chauncia Willis

Co-Founder and CEO
Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM)

Chauncia Willis is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM).

Before co-founding I-DIEM, ChaunciaWillis served as a professional Emergency Manager for over 20 years within local, state, federal and private sector organizations. Chauncia is a Certified Emergency Manager, Master Exercise Practitioner and Certified Professional Coach, and serves as the immediate past-President of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Region 4. Ms. Willis has a diverse background in disaster management and has overseen the response and recovery efforts for catastrophic hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, disease outbreaks, and civil disturbances. Additionally, Chauncia is an expert in large scale event planning and has coordinated consequence management and homeland security activities for large-scale national and international events to include Super Bowl XLIII, the Republican National Convention, the International Indian Film Festival (Bollywood Oscars), NCAA National Football Championships and theWomen’s Final Four Championships.

Chauncia Willis grew up near the beautiful beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans. She studied government and policy at the Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies where she earned aMaster of Public Administration degree. Her interests include the psychology of disaster trauma, vulnerable community resilience planning, gender and racial bias in disaster response, and the impacts of social inequities pre-and post-disaster.Ms.Willis is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the FEMA Emergency Management Executive Academy, Cohort II.