RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NC, May 22, 2017 – Global security consulting firm IEM welcomes emergency management and homeland security legislative expert Kristin Cormier Robinson as Director of IEM’s FEMA Strategic Programs. Robinson has over 20 years of experience in government relations, including over 15 years in emergency management and homeland security. In her new position, Robinson will spearhead IEM’s growth strategy for the U.S. homeland security market.
Robinson joins IEM after serving in a variety of senior-level positions at FEMA for the past eight years. Robinson’s recent work, which included advising leadership and leading staff in resolving claims issues related to Hurricane Sandy, exemplifies her commitment to advocacy and her people-focused work ethic. Robinson served as Director and Chief of Staff of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Transformation Task Force from March 2015 to September 2016, which sought to improve NFIP business processes and refine the NFIP to be more customer-centric.
Robinson has served as liaison for multiple government agencies and private partners, and has an intimate understanding of intergovernmental affairs and legislative activities at all governance levels. Robinson has also advised and represented state and local officials before Congress and White House officials. Robinson’s legislation and policy experience, coupled with her industry-specific knowledge, has led to her active involvement in an array of legislative accomplishments and implementation, including the following:
- Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000
- Department of Homeland Security Act
- Intelligence Reform Act
- Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act
- 9/11 Commission Implementation Act
- Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012
- Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
Prior to her tenure at FEMA, Robinson served as Government Relations Director at the National Emergency Management Association, acting as the Washington, D.C., expert on all-hazards emergency management and homeland security issues. Robinson was responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and coordinating legislative activity and developing legislative policy and strategies. Robinson also worked as Policy and Legislation Director at the Council of State Governments organization, as Legislative Counsel for the National League of Cities, and as Staff Associate of State Member Programs and State Risk Pools at the National League of Cities.
Robinson is a graduate of George Washington University, with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the School of Business and Public Management. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Journalism and Policy Studies from Syracuse University. In 2014, Robinson attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Robinson was honored with a FEMA Administrator Award in 2012 for her work on the national flood insurance reform legislation and in 2015 for her efforts in establishing the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate. Robinson also received the 2005 Women in Government Relations Co-Chair Leadership Award for her role as Co-Chair of the Homeland Security Task Force. Robinson is currently a member of Women in Homeland Security.
“Kristin’s impressive experience highlights a commitment to the same core values that IEM holds. She has a proven passion for helping disaster victims and has a history of building collaborative relationships,” stated Madhu Beriwal, IEM President and CEO. “We are excited to welcome Kristin to our team in support of IEM’s mission of building a safe, secure, and resilient world.”