Curtis Brown, Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), is leaving for the Governor’s Cabinet, assuming the position of Chief Deputy State Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. While at the PDC, Curtis worked with federal, state, and local homeland security and emergency management officials to promote seamless coordination, build capabilities, and develop preparedness plans. Prior to joining the HRPDC, Curtis served as Professional Staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, where he was responsible for oversight of several Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency initiatives, including emergency communications, preparedness grants, and homeland defense. Additionally, he served as Senior Special Assistant to Governor Tim Kaine in the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness with responsibility for developing emergency preparedness policies for state agencies. Curtis received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Radford University, his Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and his Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Executive and Commonwealth Management Institutes. We wish him well in this new opportunity!