Ellis M. Stanley, Sr, CEM


200 N. Main St., Ste. 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (213) 485-3469
Fax: (213) 485-1214
E-mail: estanley@dewberry.com
Internet: www.lacity.org/epd

• Consultant
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Mr. Stanley’s 35+ years of work experience in emergency management began as Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County, North Carolina in 1975. While in Brunswick County he was selected as the First Fire Marshal for the jurisdiction as well as served as Fire and Rescue Commissioner. There Mr. Stanley was responsible for helping to develop a strong public safety infrastructure and overseeing the volunteer fire and rescue operations within the county.

Mr. Stanley was appointed in 1982 as the Director of the Durham-Durham County Emergency Management Agency where he worked very close with the world’s largest research park in the North Carolina Triangle area and was heavily involved with hazardous materials planning.

In 1987 Mr. Stanley was appointed by the Governor of Georgia as the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. As part of the Public Safety Department for the City of Atlanta, Mr. Stanley served as a key advisor to the Public Safety Director. While in Atlanta, Mr. Stanley had extensive experience in major event planning (1988 Democratic National Convention, 1995 Mandela visit, and the 2006 International Olympic Games).

Mr. Stanley was appointed in 1997 as Assistant City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles and in 2000 as the General Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department for the City of Los Angeles until his retirement in 2007.

Mr. Stanley joined Dewberry, LLC in November 2007 as Director of Western Emergency Management Services.

In March of 2008 Mr. Stanley was selected to be the Director of DNC Planning for the City & County of Denver, CO. Because of the success of the Democratic National Convention, August 29, 2008 was proclaimed “The Ellis Stanley Day in Denver”.

Selected Experience

SERVICE ACTIVITY: Mr. Stanley is a past President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners (ASPEP), the Atlanta Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
Mr. Stanley currently serves on the Emergency Response and Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Senior Advisory Committee (QRAC). Mr. Stanley serves as an instructor at American University where he teaches Senior Crisis Management /Command & Control. He also serves as an instructor at Harvard University where he teaches Meta-Leadership.

INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES: Stanley has an international reputation having led delegations of Emergency Management professionals to China and Japan for a professional exchange programs as well as having conducted seminars on emergency management in Trinidad and Tobago and Israel. He conducted Senior Crisis Management Seminars for Argentina, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Paraguay, Jordon, Turkey, and Taiwan.
Mr. Stanley in 2006 and 2007 participated as discipline expert for US Central Command in Africa to create a Center of Excellence as a tool to get coordination and cooperation by focusing on disaster preparedness for eleven African nations.

MAJOR EVENT PLANNING: Served as Director of DNC Planning for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. As a trainer he has served as the discipline expert for many major events, i.e., The 1984 and 1996 Summer Olympics, and as Atlanta’s Emergency Manager for the1996 Centennial Games he was responsible for training as well as managing the Emergency Operations Center for the public health aspects of the games, to include developing and rolling out the first operational MMST (Metropolitan Medical Strike Team) in the country for the games. Other major events included the Papal and World Youth Conference in Denver in 1994, the 1995 Special Olympics in the City of New Haven, New Orleans for the 1988 Republication Convention as well as Atlanta for the 1988 Democratic Convention and Chicago as they prepared for the 1996 Democratic Convention. As the nine host cities of the World Cup Games of 1994 planned for their games, Stanley was called to provide Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) training and Emergency Operations Center training for the cities. He has also provided training as cities prepared for such events as Super Bowls, World Series, and NBA Championships.

BOARDS: Member the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue (NIUSR), A Board Member of the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), a Southwestern Board Member of Operation Hope, Inc. & the Board of the Greater Los Angeles American Red Cross. Board Member of the Emergency Information Infrastructure Project (EIIP) a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to enhancing the practice of emergency management.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: The Association of Contingency Planning (ACP), and the Southern California Emergency Services Association (SCESA). Additionally Ellis chairs the following: IAEM Government Affairs committee, the Emergency Management Metro Forum, the Cal (IT) 2 California Institute for Science and Innovation Advisory Board and Member of Board of Advisors to the Homeland Security Leadership Alliance and the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Transportation Foundation. Ellis is a board member of the California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI). Stanley is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis and Terrorism Events (CREATE) at University of Southern California. He served on the Advisory Board of the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management Program at UNC-CH School of Public Health.

NATIONAL COMMITTEES: Appointed as a member of the NRC Committee to Review the Department of Homeland Security’s Approach to Risk Analysis. To the National Science Foundation’s appointment to the National Research Council’s Board on Natural Disaster (BOND) as well as the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources Planning for Catastrophe: A blueprint for Improving Geospatial Data, Tools, and Infrastructure committee, the Transportation Research Board’s committee on the role of public transportation in emergency evacuation and the U. S. Congress’ appointment to the National Weather Services Modernization Transition Committee. Ellis also serves as an advisor to the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), engineering solutions for earthquake loss reduction. He also serves as a member and chair of the center's Industry Advisory Board. Stanley also chaired the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). EMAP is a standard-based voluntary assessment and accreditation process for state and local government programs responsible for coordinating prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for natural and human-caused disasters. Ellis is a member of CMAS the Commercial Mobile Service Advisory Committee. The FCC established the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee (CMSAAC) which was made up of local, state, tribal, and Federal government officials; television broadcasters and commercial providers; and organizations representing special needs populations to develop initial recommendations for the development of CMAS.


  • BA, 1973 Political Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate of Executive Leadership Program for Senior Homeland Security Officials for the Post Naval Graduate School in Monterey, CA
  • Graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative


  • Honorary Doctoral Degree “Doctor of Public Service”, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)
  • Elected a Fellow on the National Academy of Public Administration - 2007
  • Inducted into Contingency Planning and Management (CPM) Hall of Fame’s PUBLIC SERVANT category - 2005
  • Awarded a Los Angeles area EMMY for PSA “Emergency Preparedness Patrol” – 2001


  • Appointed to Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Emergency Responder Senior Advisory Committee (ERSAC) - 2007
  • Appointed to FEMA Regional Advisory Council for Region IX – 2007
  • Appointed to the National Advisory Board for Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative - 2007