Ms. Tonya D. Coultas serves as the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Safety, Security & Emergency Management for Georgetown University. As the AVP she oversees the Georgetown University risk enterprise that encompasses over 15,0000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff on nine campuses to include international travel and study abroad programs to over 160 countries world-wide. She provides overall leadership and expert oversight for the development of policies and strategies across the areas of emergency management, crisis and disaster preparedness, response and recovery, resiliency, and business operational continuity.
Ms. Coultas has over 30 years of combined federal executive, local, state, military, and international experience transforming national level programs providing authoritative executive level guidance in support of national and international-level security, defense, intelligence, safety, disaster response, and crisis management.
Ms. Coultas served as a Senior Executive for DHS National Protections Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of Infrastructure Protection where she led the Department's private and public sector engagement efforts forging reciprocal partnerships between government and the private sector to increase information sharing, promote security, and build resiliency. She led the Department's Sector Specific Agency responsibilities for the Dams, Nuclear, Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Emergency Services, and Critical Manufacturing sectors. She facilitated collaboration addressing security and resilience priorities with partners across the Nation's sixteen critical infrastructure sectors. Ms. Coultas executed the critical infrastructure cross sector community long-range goals and strategies to assess security, safety and resilience vulnerabilities identifying dependencies, interdependencies, and unanticipated cascading effects during and following incidents to improve risk-informed policy decision-making.
Prior to joining DHS/NPPD Ms. Coultas served as a Senior Executive for FEMA. There she led the development for non-disaster grants representing over $20 billion annually in federal assistance. This encompassed the Homeland Security Grant (HSGP) portfolio to include the Transit and Port Security grants, Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant, Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG), and the suite of Assistance to Fire Fighter Grants (AFG). She worked collaboratively with Congress, the White House, State, and local elected officials to develop national strategies to improve alignment with emerging global security threats and risks.
Ms. Coultas also served as the Executive Director for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Before joining the USDOT, Ms. Coultas worked for the Department of Defense as an Industrial Hygienist.
Ms. Coultas is a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the Maryland Air National Guard where she served for twenty-four years. During her service she participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Noble Eagle. She has served with Headquarters United States European Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-4, and the National Security Agency. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from University of Maryland Baltimore County.