As many of you may know, almost two years ago FEMA implemented a private sector representative program to support the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC). Through its many rotations, the program has improved the way the agency works with many private sector partners across the field of emergency management. Recently, Walmart served in this unique role and was able to assist the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute and the International Association of Emergency Managers with the development of their Big Business – Small Business Emergency Management Mentorship Program (PDF). And by the way, you should check into that and join the growing list of difference-makers.
This week, we have made another significant leap in the Private Sector Representative program by incorporating a new sector – the financial community.
We are delighted to have Hilary Ward joining us from Citi. Hilary is a Director and Chief Administrative Officer to Citi Vice Chairman Lewis B. Kaden, responsible for supporting the Vice Chairman in charge of Citi’s Institutional Client Group’s Public Sector Group, the Citi Foundation, and Citi Community Development.
Here’s what Hilary had to say about being our next private sector liaison:
Citi is extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with FEMA through the Private Sector Representative role and to be the first representative from the financial services industry. Citi has a long record working with governments and non-governmental organizations to assist communities impacted by natural disasters, and we are committed to share best practices and to improve outreach to the private sector, in particular, as it relates to emergency financial management issues. I look forward to engaging and working with our peers, FEMA and others on these efforts over the next 90 days and beyond.
We at FEMA couldn’t agree more. We look forward to learning, sharing and accomplishing great things working with Hilary, Citi and the whole private sector community. While stationed at FEMA, she is a resource for all of our partners. If you need to reach out to her, feel free to email FEMA-PSR@FEMA.gov.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a candidate for the Private Sector Representative, please see this brochure (PDF) for more details on the benefits. Our private sector team is available 24/7 and ready to work with you. And please continue to share your stories and ideas about how we can continue working with the private sector to better serve our nation and communities.