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James K. Joseph

Corporate Chief of Staff

Professional Profile

James Joseph serves as Corporate Chief of Staff. In his prior role as Vice President of Response for Tidal Basin, he oversaw growth strategies, operational deployments of personnel and projects for response programs, and represented the organization at national events. During his tenure in this role, he supported projects including the State of Florida and State of Georgia vaccine programs, federal assistance contracts and deployments, in addition to growth support for other business units within Tidal Basin.

James brings more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to his work at Tidal Basin, he was a Regional Administrator at FEMA where he was responsible for the agency’s response, recovery, preparedness, mitigation, grants, and mission support programs across the six-state Region V. He oversaw nearly 270 employees and an annual budget of $1.4 billion.

In addition, from June 2020 to January 2021, James served as the Director of External Affairs in Washington, DC during the historic Whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 hurricane season. He also served as a member of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s cabinet where he served in two capacities: Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Deputy State Homeland Security Advisor. In these roles he oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety, and homeland security programs.

James has served on numerous national organizations, including: Co-Chairman of the National Homeland Security Consortium, Executive Board of the National Emergency Management Association, and the US Department of Homeland Security State and Local Intelligence Executive Council. He has served in municipal government as well, both as Chairman of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the Chairman Pro-Tem of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Carol Stream, Illinois.


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