Carla Juarez

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Carla Juarez currently serves as the Private Sector and Academic Liaison for the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). In this role, Carla works closely with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through Emergency Support Function 18 (Business, Industry and Economic Stabilization) where she serves as the functions Alternate Emergency Coordinating Officer. Alongside ESF 18, Carla works to identify and strengthen public-private partnerships before, during and after a disaster in the state of Florida. Additionally, Carla has contributed to higher education with her active participation in the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Higher Education Committee, currently serving as Co-Chair, and the Governor’s Hurricane Conference Educational Outreach Committee. Carla previously served in ESF 14 (Public Information) for the Florida State Emergency Response Team where she responded to Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Nate.

Carla began her career in emergency management as an AmeriCorps for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross where she served the Florida Big Bend, as well as, deployed to the 2014 Pensacola Flood response. After completing her year of service, she joined the Florida Division of Emergency Management as their Social Media and Outreach Coordinator where she managed the agency’s social media presence and public outreach. Carla then returned to the American Red Cross to serve the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter as their Disaster Program Specialist; during this term, she deployed to the 2016 Louisiana Flood response.

Carla has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University, where she is also pursuing a Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Carla recently graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy last fall 2017.