Full Name
Joel Thomas
Job Title
SPIN Global
Speaker Bio
Joel Thomas is the Founder and CEO of SPIN Global, a small business and public benefit company that exists to disrupt disasters from neighborhoods to nations by providing comprehensive emergency management, disaster risk management, and homeland security services.

Mr. Thomas is an internationally recognized expert on private-public partnerships, focused on the nexus of peace and security, economic development, disaster resilience, and emergency management. He served as a lead author of FEMA guidance titled “Building Private-Public Partnerships”, published in 2021. He has provided strategic and programmatic support to FEMA’s Office of Business, Industry and Infrastructure Integration before, during and after disasters. He is a senior contributor to DHS/FEMA National Training Program Courses such as “Whole Community Inclusive Economic Recovery Course (2021)” and “Managing Public, Private, and NGO Partnerships to Prepare for and Solve Critical Logistics and Supply Chain Challenges During Large Scale Disasters (2022)”. He provides national-level P3 expertise to NATO Allies and Partners in support of the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Thomas also led development of “Building Operational Public Private Partnerships”, published by the National Emergency Management Association in 2017.

His disaster work is rooted in operational experience, as Mr. Thomas served as an urban campus first responder in Washington D.C. at The George Washington University, and has participated in numerous domestic and international response and recovery operations (e.g. COVID19, Hurricane Maria, Thailand/Indonesia Tsunami, Deepwater Horizon, Haiti Earthquake, et al).

His small business perspectives have been shaped through his ownership and sale of several small businesses that created hundreds of jobs, including multiple “main street” restaurants, and a USPTO-patented technology.

Mr. Thomas is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, where he teaches on the “Economics of Disaster Recovery”. He previously earned a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Non-Profit Management from Trinity International University. To learn more, you may connect at https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeldavidthomas.
Joel Thomas