Ellis M. Stanley, Sr. is the Managing Partner of Ellis Stanley Partners and has over 40 years of practitioner experience in Emergency Management, Homeland Security and major event planning. He has an international reputation, currently serving as Chair of the Global Board of Directors for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He was part of a multi-disciplinary team that researched Haiti and Chile following major earthquakes. He conducted Senior Crisis Management Seminars for Argentina, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Paraguay, Jordon, Turkey, and Taiwan.
He began his career as Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County, North Carolina in 1975. As First Fire Marshal and then Fire and Rescue Commissioner, he developed one of the first nuclear facility plans in the wake of the Three Mile Island disaster. He went on to serve as the Director of the Durham-Durham County Emergency Management Agency in North Carolina, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta, the General Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department for the City of Los Angeles, and the Vice President of Emergency Management and Disaster Mitigation for Dewberry, LLC. He has contributed to nuclear facility plans, hazardous materials planning, emergency management research, and major event planning.
Mr. Stanley 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 the 1996 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.
Mr. Stanley has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an honorary “Doctor of Public Service” Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.