Colleen Wright

322974_2464364321402_1281637782_o 970020_10201476394324697_753149417_n 388108_2689027737847_267442823_nGeospatial Operator: Colleen Wright – Between several assignments overseas these last 6 years LTC Wright has been with GeoVelo since its founding in 2011.  Colleen serves GeoVelo in several areas.  She handles some GIS production, video editing, and client communications.  She also has special expertise in GIS applications in disaster management situations.

Colleen is a member of the US Army Reserves where she possesses an active Top Secret Security Clearance. During her service to the nation, she has organized numerous VIP events for the US President, state governors, and multiple members of the US Congress. She is experienced in public relations, geospatial applications, communications, and disaster response at the local, state, and national levels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The Ohio State University, and is a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College. She holds numerous FEMA certifications, notably ICS 400: Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents, Communications Unit Leader, Professional Development Series completion, and is a certified Civil Defense Officer.


Colleen Wright is a US Army veteran.

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Deborah Colleen Wright

Professional Summary

Effects-based, versatile Emergency Management leader with a keen sense of stewardship and devotion to public safety. Experienced,  accomplished and prepared to meet all demands of the emergency incident management life cycle. Imperturbable in chaotic and emergent situations. Experienced Manager of complex teams and systems with strategic vision, all the while maintaining detailed interpersonal connections. Exceptional public speaker and teacher Experienced in disaster plan production.

Key Qualifications

  •  Experienced leader with successful diplomatic and municipal experience
  • Efficient and comfortable in frequently-changing environments
  • Decisive, steady, and clear-headed during crisis situations
  • Capable of absorbing multiple, detailed inputs, conducting analysis, and making sound decisions
  • Strong technical and cybersecurity background
  • Considerable emergency management training and certification
  • Valued for unquestionable integrity, forthright manner and collegial demeanor

Professional History

Emergency Operations Officer – Sep 2008 to Present – National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)

  • Emergency Communications Officer and Army Reservist Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) supporting the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the communications-focused division of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Coordinates with the telecommunications and information technology industries to restore, repair, protect, and sustain the telecommunications and information technology infrastructures while providing contemporary situational awareness of communication system status within the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Gathers data from numerous, disparate sources, conducts analysis, and develops Common Operating Picture to direct effective response and emergency management.
  • Possesses detailed understanding of all Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) and the requisite need to collaborate across the spectrum of government, tribal, private, and volunteer partners and to incorporate the general population into disaster response in all phases.
  • During Cascadia Rising 2016 coordinated communications-based requests from Oregon and Washington with other ESFs, industry, Federal partners, and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)  to fulfill state and federal response and restoration priorities. Helped states anticipate unseen and forthcoming needs of county and tribal EOCs.
  • Participated in the planning and execution of two national level ESF-2 focused exercises within the NCCIC .
  • Selected from team of 24 peers to teach the agency’s “ESF 2 Capabilities and Products” module at the US NORTHCOM’s Joint Command Control Communication and Computer (JC4)  Planners Course.
  •  Led the agency-wide Activity Based Costing Review. Received, verified, analyzed and quantified all program costs from each agency program for presentation to  the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS,  to determine future agency directions.

Garrison Operations Officer – Nov 2004 to May 2007 – 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas

In a military role that strongly parallels that of a deputy city manager, ensured that the Fort Riley Garrison met the wide-ranging needs of its 18,000 soldiers, 24,000 family members, and over 1000 civilian employees.

  • Integral member of the multi-agency, multi-week post-wide response to a series of tornadoes that struck a post housing area, damaged several homes and left several families temporarily homeless. Conducted a community needs assessment to target recovery efforts to priorities that resulted in great community satisfaction.
  • Led a Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned roundtable to integrate AAR topics and recommendations into the installation Emergency Management Plan, resulting in a robust, realistic, and outcome-driven plan that was implemented in real-world incidences.
  • Appointed by the Garrison Commander to serve on the local school board, requiring strong conflict-resolution, political acumen, and public speaking skills. Met with state and Federal Congressional members to articulate the educational needs of military children and testified before the Congressional sub-committee on education on behalf of two bills that became Kansas law and benefited all military children state-wide.
  • As the Garrison liaison to Congress, maintained ongoing coordination with Kansas’ Congressional representatives. Organized and executed a yearly two-day symposium that presented Congress-persons and their staffs with a strategic overview of Fort Riley during a critical phase of the Operation Iraqi Freedom operations. These events included tours, general-officer level briefings, hands-on equipment displays, meet-and-greets with service members, and evening banquets.
  • Planned, organized, coordinated, and executed several successful public-relations events that involved up to 5000 participants.
  • Led Process Action Teams to review, revise, and implement major changes to Garrison unit structure and command and the redeployment process for all Fort Riley units.

Team One Leader, Armed Forces Inaugural Committee – Nov 2008 to Feb 2009 – 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade 

Safely and effectively controlled the selection, preparation, coordination, and movement of 1,800 parade participants through all phases of the historic 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. Maintained 100% accountability and safety of all participants amidst extraordinary security concerns, unprecedented crowds, difficult environmental conditions, and ‘can’t-fail’ international scrutiny.

  • Directly led 23 ethnically, socioeconomically, and Ideologically diverse people to create a cohesive team in an extremely compressed duration. Created and executed a comprehensive training plan that fostered their success.
  • Upon discovering that the post-parade traffic control personnel had prematurely departed and left all parade participants vulnerable to collisions, immediately improvised and implemented procedures that safeguarded 10,000 parade participants while they navigated streets awash with impatient parade-goers.

Operations Assistant – Nov 2009 to Jun 2012 – Office of Military Cooperation, US Embassy, Kuwait

  • Compiled, finalized and presented organizational briefings to the US Ambassador and other key Embassy personnel.
  • During the regional upheaval of the ‘Arab Spring’, reviewed and significantly revised existing contingency plans  and coordinated the increase of contingency communications assets. Trained team members to operate the communications equipment, creating depth, redundancy, and confidence. Received formal accolades as the unit Security Manager by maintaining rigorous compliance in all matters of personnel, information, and physical security.-  Accurately managed thousands of diplomatic clearance requests for all US military personnel, aircraft, and maritime vessels entering Kuwait during an extremely high operational tempo while simultaneously maintaining compliance with host nation immigration policy and customs requirements, and observing cultural sensitivities.

Protocol Assistant – Nov 2014 to Jul 2016 – US Embassy, Ottawa, Ontario 

Sole assistant to the Embassy Protocol Officer responsible for managing official entertainment for the US Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador’s spouse. Highlighted events include multiple occasions attended by the Canadian Prime Minister and Ministerial Cabinet Members, and US dignitaries.   Planned, organized, and executed multiple events including two successful National Day celebrations critical to US diplomatic relations with Canadian government, business, law enforcement, and intelligence community leaders.

Active Duty Us Army Signal Corps Officer Sep 1989 to Mar 1996 – Germany and Fort Lewis, Washington 

Held multiple leadership positions including Platoon Leader, Battalion Personnel and Logistics Officer and Detachment Commander. Honed leadership skills while leading up to 70 personnel. Developed superior skills in property accountability, budget management, human resources management, personnel development and recognition, training, public affairs, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and complex, strategic problem solving.


Bachelor of Arts in Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio, 1989

Skills, Training, and Volunteer Activities

  • Currently an active volunteer member of Team Rubicon.
  • Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Combat Lifesaver Qualified
  • Experienced in WebEOC and HSIN software systems
  • Volunteer Member of the US Embassy, Kuwait, Chemical and Biological Quick Response Team
  • Completed over 70 FEMA online and resident courses (all certificates available on request), including:
    • FEMA Professional Development Series (IS-120, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244)
    • L-0190 ArcGIS For Emergency Managers
    • ICS-400, Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff
    • ICS-300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Events
    • IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800
    • Planning-specific courses completed including IS-120, IS-130, IS-235, and IS-520
    • COML, Communications Unit Lead
    • Civil Defense Officer Identified
  • NORTHCOM C4 Planners Course (graduate and featured presenter)
  • NORTHCOM Defense Support to Civil Authorities, Phase I. Currently enrolled in Phase II
  • Skilled in ESRI’s ArcGIS mapping software and all standard Microsoft Office Applications

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