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Join IEM and Asfalis for a discussion with EM’s on civil unrest and protest. Deanne Criswell, Commissioner of the NYC Emergency Management Department, and Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will share lessons learned.
Emergency Management Lessons Learned: Civil Unrest and Protests

Dec 3, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Vanessa Mathews
Founder and Chief Resilience Officer @Asfalis Advisors
Vanessa Mathews is the Chief Resilience Officer of Asfalis Advisors, a professional services training, coaching and advisory company specializing in crisis management, continuity of operations, and resilience. Prior to Asfalis, Vanessa worked with a Tier 1 intelligence agency, Fortune 500 companies, and local EM equipping her to be on the front lines of the industry. Vanessa’s engagement with the community has earned her: A Mayoral appointment to serve as Vice Chairman of the Charlotte International Cabinet Advisory Board. Mecklenburg Times recognized Vanessa as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte, NC (2020). The US State Department recognized her as a “Global Innovation Fellow.” The United Kingdom’s “Acquisition International Magazine” named her as a finalist for the “Best Female Owned and Operated Small Businesses.” Vanessa co-owns and hosts the Business Resilience DECODED podcast. Vanessa is also the 1st female in the state of GA to graduate with a degree in HSEM.
Bryan Koon
VP for Homeland Security and Emergency Management @IEM
Bryan Koon is the former Director at the Florida Division of Emergency Management and serves as IEM’s Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Koon has spent his career focused on improving emergency response operations and engaging communities in becoming better prepared for emergencies and disasters. Koon was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2011 to be the state’s Director of Emergency Management. Prior to working for Florida, Koon was the Operations Manager and Director of Emergency Management for Wal-Mart. There, he was responsible for emergency management operations for 8,500 facilities and 2.2 million employees worldwide during disasters. Koon worked as a White House contractor with SRA International, building off his work as Training Officer for Presidential Contingency Programs under the U.S. Navy. While on active duty with the Navy, Koon worked at the White House Military Office in the President’s Emergency Operations Center.