Suzanne M. Blake, CEM
Director, MIT Emergency Management & Administrative Director, MIT EMS
Suzanne is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with over 20 years of broad experience. She got her start working on post-September 11th projects in Washington, DC before becoming the University of North Carolina Wilmington's (UNCW) first Emergency Manager. At UNCW, she was able to build the emergency management program from the ground up and also managed several hurricanes that affected the campus during her tenure. Prior to coming to MIT in 2015, Suzanne worked with higher education institutions across the country as the Higher Education Specialist for Witt O’Brien’s, an emergency management consulting firm run by James Lee Witt, the Director of FEMA under the Clinton Administration. Her focus in that role was on developing and improving emergency management and business continuity programs at more than 50 higher education institutions nationwide. At MIT, Suzanne manages all aspects of MIT's emergency management program in coordination with her amazing team, representatives from across campus, and MIT's senior leadership. She also serves as the Administrative Director for MIT EMS, MIT's student-run ambulance service. In addition, she has received the Certificate from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), has completed the FEMA National Emergency Management Executive Academy, and is a graduate of MIT's Leader to Leader program. She received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in English/Writing, where she served as an EMT for the student-run EMS service, and her master's of environmental management degree from Duke University, where she focused her studies on climate resiliency in coastal areas. She also holds a certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from UNC Chapel Hill. Suzanne loves working in emergency management, and has been know to call it her "career soulmate."
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