As someone who's had the privilege of knowing Justin Kates for several years and sharing a seat with him on the board of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), I am thrilled to witness his ascent to the role of President for the 2023-24 term. Justin's election is a testament to his unwavering dedication and expertise in emergency management.
Justin is known for his thoughtful approach and steadfast commitment to the profession. His leadership at IAEM-USA marks a significant milestone, bringing his rich experience and strategic vision to the forefront. He keenly recognizes the importance of professional associations in advocacy and unifying our members' voices, a quality that makes him an ideal leader for our times.
Justin's background is as diverse as it is impressive. From leading emergency management in Somerville, Massachusetts, to his significant contributions in Nashua, New Hampshire, and as a Homeland Security Consultant for the State of Delaware, and in the private sector developing a program for Wawa Inc., his journey is a narrative of relentless dedication to public safety and emergency management.
His academic credentials, with degrees from the University of Delaware and the Naval Postgraduate School, further bolster his professional stature. Beyond IAEM, Justin's role as Treasurer of the National Association for Public Safety GIS Foundation and his FEMA National Advisory Council membership highlight his broad influence in the field.
Justin’s leadership is a beacon of progress for IAEM-USA. His election as President is an honor and a reflection of the respect and trust he has earned across the emergency management community. I am excited and optimistic about the future of IAEM under his guidance, and I look forward to supporting his initiatives and vision in the coming year.