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Official FEMA photo of Mr. Kevin Smith, Director, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

James “Kevin” Smith - Director of the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

James “Kevin” Smith began serving as the Director of the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives in July 2018 (DHS Center).  Mr. Smith is a Certified Emergency Manager who has worked with faith and community-based organizations for more than 20 years.  Most recently, Mr. Smith served as the State Director for Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army, Florida Division.

As the Director for the DHS Center, Mr. Smith and his team promote developing partnerships between the public, faith and community-based organizations, emergency managers and first responders to strengthen the resilience of our nation. This includes increasing faith-based and community engagement in support of the DHS Blue Campaign, the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Read full biography here.


 Nicole Wood - Program Advisor

Nicole Wood is a compassionate voice with over 19 years of experience working on behalf of historically underserved communities and survivors of disasters and human trafficking both domestically and internationally. Nicole is currently the Program Advisor for the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, a Center of the White House Office of Faith and Opportunity Initiative. In this capacity she serves as a content development subject-matter expert and liaison to multiple interagency working groups which provide public awareness resources, training, and trauma-informed approaches for faith and community leaders on the local and national level. 



  • Emergency Management Technical Assistance
  • Faith and Community-based Disaster Assistance
  • Combating Human Trafficking

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202-646-3487

Last Updated: 
11/15/2018 - 13:26