FEMA Civil Rights Summit – 2.0 Equity


FEMA Civil Rights Summit – 2.0 Equity is designed to foster dialogue and partnerships through direct engagement with FEMA. Presentations and discussion will cover FEMA programs and services, with special emphasis on improving equity in emergency management.

Date: November 17, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Event Details

FEMA is continuing a crucial conversation on advancing equity in disaster resilience. The FEMA Civil Rights Summit 2.0 (CR Summit 2.0) will focus on engaging members of the public with first-hand knowledge of how FEMA can better meet the needs of underserved communities before, during and after disasters. The CR Summit 2.0 provides opportunities for information sharing regarding FEMA’s programs and civil rights and equity efforts. During a panel discussion, FEMA senior leadership will talk with national civil rights organizations about their continuing efforts to identify actual and perceived biases impacting equal access to and equitable impact of the agency’s programs and services.

This event will be presented in English and translated into Spanish, with captioning and Sign Language Interpretation provided for each.


Time Presentation Speakers
10 a.m. Housekeeping Comments Emily Fannon, Facilitator
10:05 a.m. OER Director Welcome     Jo Linda Johnson, Director, Office of Equal Rights, FEMA
10:10 a.m. FEMA Leadership Opening Remarks     Deanne Criswell, FEMA Administrator
10:20 a.m. Equity and Civil Rights Overview    

Linda Johnson, Director, Office of Equal Rights, FEMA 

Dr. Melissa Forbes, Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Response and Recovery 

Victoria Salinas, Associate Administrator 

10:50 a.m. FEMA RFI Update Climate Adaptation and Equity     Adrian Sevier, Chief Counsel, FEMA
11:05 a.m. Justice40 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities    

Angie Gladwell, Director, Hazard Mitigation Assistance

Katherine Fox, Assistant Administrator, Mitigation Directorate

11:45 a.m. Lunch  
12:15 p.m. Housekeeping Comments Emily Fannon, Facilitator
12:20 p.m.

FEMA Equity Efforts Executive Order 13985

Presentations with Q&A Period

Chris B. Smith, Director Individual Assistance Division

Ana Montero, Division Director Public Assistance Division

Angela Gladwell, Director Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division

Chris Logan, Acting Assistant Administrator Grants Program Preparedness Directorate

Paul Huang, Assistance Administrator Federal Insurance

Bobby McCane, Head of Contracting Mission Support

Dave Bibo, Acting Associate Administrator, ORR

1:40 p.m. FEMA Climate Adaptation and Environmental Justice Efforts  

Kristin Fontenot, Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Historic Preservation 

Vince Maykovich, Acting Regional Administrator Region 10

2:25 p.m. Break  
2:30 p.m. Listening Session with Civil Right Organizations and Senior Leaders

Kevin M. Sligh, Equity Advisor to the Administrator

Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Dr. Melissa Forbes, Deputy Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery

Victoria Salinas, Associate Administrator, Resilience

Charlene Sargent, Director, Pacific Union Conference

Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Reyma McCoy McDeid, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living

Annalise Setorie, Director of Partnerships, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

William (Bill) Moreno, Director of Policy and Legislation, League of United Latin American Citizens

4:45 p.m. FEMA Leadership Closing Remarks    

Victoria Salinas, Associate Administrator, Resilience

Jo Linda Johnson, Director, Office of Equal Rights (OER)

5 p.m. Adjourn  

Event Contact

If you require alternative formats or other accommodations because of a disability, please contact FEMA’s External Civil Rights Resource Line at 833-285-7448 (833-CVL-RGHT) or email us your request.

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