Elizabeth Davis is an emergency management consultant focusing on inclusive emergency management, marginalized population planning, disaster human services, and related issues through her firms EAD & Associates, LLC, and the National Emergency Management Resource Center (NEMRC). Both companies employ a holistic, client-focused approach to providing quality services and real-world solutions.
An accomplished public speaker, Ms. Davis is considered one of the nation’s “go-to” sources. She began public service with the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities as Assistant to Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor. Due to her role as Incident Commander in the Deaf Mexican Nationals slave-ring case in Queens, she was transferred to the NYC Office of Emergency Management as Special Needs Advisor; the first such full time position in the country. There she was responsible for ensuring that all elements of planning, response, and recovery incorporated the unique needs of the disability community, senior population, and medically dependent persons. She later became the first Director of the National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI).
Ms. Davis is also an advisor to DHS and FEMA, sits on many research review boards and serves on several national advisory boards, including as the chair of the National Hurricane Conference Health Care/Accessibility Committee; first chair of the International Association of Emergency Managers Accessibility Committee; and as a founding board member of a not-for-profit the Emergency Preparedness Initiative Global. She has been retained in several legal cases involving inclusive emergency management practices in Maryland, California, and New York. Over the years, she has received many awards and honors for her work. Ms. Davis is an inaugural inductee into the International Women in Homeland Security & Emergency Management Hall of Fame.
Ms. Davis received her JD from Boston University School of Law and her EdM from Boston University School of Education with a degree in the Socio-Bicultural Study of Deafness and American Sign Language. She holds an undergraduate degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science from Barnard College at Columbia University.