Joel Thomas is the Founder and CEO of SPIN Global, a Maryland-based small business that exists to disrupt disasters from neighborhoods to nations by providing comprehensive emergency management, disaster risk management, and homeland security services.
Since 2003, Mr. Thomas has supported the design and implementation of local, national and multinational emergency management, humanitarian and faith-based initiatives in 50+ countries and in 50 U.S. states and territories. He currently provides expert policy, operational and program support to private-public partnership initiatives for cities, states, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Defense and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He was the lead author of the National Emergency Management Association “Building Operational Public-Private Partnerships Guide” in 2017, and is currently supporting development of PPP guidance and resources for local, state, federal and multilateral institutions.
His work is rooted in operational experience, as Mr. Thomas served as an urban campus first responder in Washington D.C. at The George Washington University, a disaster response volunteer in 19 countries, and has professionally participated in numerous domestic and international response and recovery operations (e.g. COVID19, Hurricane Maria, Thailand/Indonesia Tsunami, Deepwater Horizon, Haiti Earthquake, Mississippi River Floods).
Mr. Thomas is a Senior Fellow at Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, and previously earned a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Non-Profit Management from Trinity International University. He resides in Maryland with his wife and four children.