Millicent D. West, President and founder of West and Associates, LLC is a graduate of Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry. With over 10 years of direct involvement in emergency response and recovery activities and over 25 years of supporting community building efforts around the world, West brings a fresh perspective to addressing the challenges that governments, the private sector and individual communities face as they work to build their capacity and resilience.
Formerly, West served as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency – the Agency responsible for supporting and coordinating homeland security and emergency management efforts in DC.
She also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation and worked in various capacities at Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism, and was named Executive Director in 2007. Under her leadership, volunteerism in the District of Columbia increased by over 200%. West conceptualized and developed DC’s emergency preparedness curriculum for youth ages 5-13, “Commander Ready.” In 2005, West led DC’s volunteer and donations management relief efforts in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
From 1995 to 2003, West served as one of 23 Executive Board members representing 1.2 million missionaries worldwide as the General Secretary of the Youth Missionary Society of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of the AME Zion Church. In that role she was responsible for all relevant programming for youth ages 13-21.
West lives in Washington, DC, is married and has two children.
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