Curtis Brown joined the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as chief deputy state coordinator in June 2014. Previously, he was the emergency management administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). While at HRPDC, Brown worked with federal, state and local homeland security and emergency management officials to promote seamless coordination, build capabilities and develop preparedness plans. Before his tenure with HRPDC, he served as professional staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security where he was responsible for oversight of several Department of Homeland Security and FEMA initiatives, including emergency communications, preparedness grants and homeland defense. Previously, Brown was senior special assistant to Governor Tim Kaine in the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness with responsibility for developing emergency preparedness policies for state agencies. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in political science from Radford University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts degree in homeland security and emergency preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Executive and Commonwealth Management institutes.