Suzannah Jones is a Deputy Chief at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) with responsibility for Recovery and Mitigation. Suzannah has been with TDEM since 2011.
While with TDEM, Suzannah has been actively involved in the state’s response to 16 presidentially declared major disasters including Hurricane Harvey, the COVID-19 pandemic and the severe winter weather in 2021. As Deputy Chief, her team manages over $18 billion in federal funds. Suzannah came to TDEM from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) where she worked in two different divisions: the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center and Disaster Preparedness and Response/Texas Task Force 1. She was involved in planning, training and exercises and managed large projects in both Texas and across the U.S.
Prior to her tenure at TEEX, Suzannah worked for the U.S. Department of State as a member of the Foreign Service, serving at US embassies in Madrid, Moscow and The Hague.
Suzannah obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at Southern Methodist University, a master’s in business administration from Schiller International University in London, England, and a master’s in public service and administration from Texas A&M University. Suzannah is also a Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).