Monique Lewis has an extensive background in international disaster preparedness, working with Ambassadors, Deputy-Chief of Missions, General Officers, and International Organizations in over 15 countries. In this role, she conducted national-level assessments of Partner Nations in Europe and Asia working with the United States Government. These initiatives led to changing disaster response policies and procedures. Her career has spanned strategic, operational, and advisory roles for the United States Interagency, United Nations, World Bank, and non-Governmental organizations. She has taught disaster management and humanitarian assistance to Department of Defense service men and women and has assisted in the training of international response functions of the United States Government such as bilateral and multilateral disaster preparedness and disaster response engagements at the strategic level in Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and Guam.
Monique is currently working in support of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana. She has worked in the Pentagon writing policy, implemented preparedness programs for FEMA, and created programs for the National Preparedness Training Center. She has a M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning. She is trained by the United Nations, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, FEMA, and USAID/OFDA.
In her free time, she is a PADI Divemaster, a volunteer mediator, and before moving to Washington D.C. was earning her private pilot’s license in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has traveled to 49 countries and at the top of her next go to: Iceland. She is married, mother of a baby boy, and has two dogs.