Shandi has had a successful career in emergency management working to empower clients and partners in building stronger emergency management programs, from recovery processes, and debris management planning to strategic comprehensive program development. Recently Shandi has been working to advance the growth of public-private partnerships through her work with the National Emergency Management Association as the Private Sector Chair and as the Private Sector Coordinator with the Electric Infrastructure Security Council. Shandi has experience across the entire spectrum of emergency management. Over the course of her career she has supported and managed a number of federal projects, such as supporting FEMA’s NRCC after Hurricane Katrina, FEMA Region IX’s Catastrophic Planning, FEMA’s Technical Assistance Research Contract, providing technical support to the Building Sciences Publications. She has supported FEMA’s Debris Program through the development of guidance documents like FEMA 327 and 325 as well as supporting FEMA’s Contaminated Debris Interagency Task Force. Shandi supported DHS US Visit’s Continuity Planning and was the Deputy Principal Investigator for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s TRB Report 781, Debris Management Handbook for local and state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Public Works (DPWs). She has also supported a myriad of state and local emergency management projects from California to Florida, to include training and exercise planning and support in New York, Debris Management in New Jersey, strategic emergency management planning in Maryland, and supporting CalOES’s Earthquake and Tsunami Program. Prior to emergency management, Shandi practiced social work. She was a Social Service Representative at DC Child and Family Services in Washington, DC and was a Child Advocate at the Salvation Army’s West Women and Children’s Shelter in Portland, OR. Shandi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Portland, was the recipient of the Dorothy Day Award for Outstanding Social Work Major and spent a semester in Washington DC at American University as part of her undergraduate career. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Political Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Crisis and Emergency Management both from George Washington University. Shandi lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter and golden retriever. They love games, movies and hiking together whenever possible.
Vice President, EM Partners, LLC
July 14 - 11:00 am to July 16 - 3:30 pm