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Chauncia Willis

Chauncia Willis, MPA, MEP, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Tampa, Florida

Chauncia Willis is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Tampa. Selected in 2005 after a nationwide search, Ms. Willis has over 15 years of experience in the field of Emergency Management, in both government and private sector environments. With a reputation for high energy and excellence, Ms. Willis is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of emergency management.

Ms. Willis began her career as the Planning Chief for the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta, GA. She went on to serve as the Statewide Planner for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, where she was deployed to assist in recovery operations for North Carolina following the devastation of Hurricane Isabel. As an emergency manager in Georgia, she authored eight emergency plans, conducted numerous training exercises, and successfully managed EOC activations for hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, civil unrest, chemical spills, and a variety other unplanned incidents.

Throughout her career, Ms. Willis has had many remarkable assignments, to include working as an Emergency Management/Business Continuity Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, where she developed continuity of operations plans for several CDC facilities. She was the first FEMA certified Master Exercise Practitioner within the State of Georgia and went on to become a course instructor for FEMA, where she delivered course instruction in exercise development for emergency management officials and first responders.

Ms. Willis leads the Tampa Office of Emergency Management with enthusiasm, expertise and vision. She is the author of Tampa’s Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan and the Tampa Continuity of Operations Plan. Ms. Willis has a great eye for detail, is well organized, and very skilled in setting priorities.

In 2008, she worked diligently to acquire funding for the city’s first Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is used as the primary EOC for all citywide activations.