We’re pleased to welcome James Joseph to the Tidal Basin team! James joins the firm as Vice President (VP) of Response – a new position added to our organization as we continue to expand our support to our clients. As VP of Response, he will oversee all disaster response operations and growth strategies for the company.

James brings more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He joins us directly from FEMA where he served as the Regional Administrator and was responsible for the agency’s response, recovery, preparedness, mitigation, grants, and mission support programs across a six-state region. He oversaw nearly 270 employees and an annual budget of $1.4 billion.

From June 2020 to January 2021, James served as FEMA’s Director of External Affairs in Washington, D.C., 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. Joseph further solidifies his experience with his previous tenure as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for DuPage County (IL), and Vice President of Security and Fraud at HSBC North America, one of the world’s largest banks.

James will be supporting our operations team and can be reached at [email protected]. Please join us in welcoming him to Tidal Basin!