Carimanda Cephas serves as a Senior crisis communications subject matter expert in the U.S. Federal Government, advising on key organizational mitigation strategies and readiness tactics to prepare and respond to the unpredictability of domestic and international emergencies. As an employee of the U.S. Federal Government since 2011, she has held several advisory positions leveraging her expertise in crisis management, strategy, sociology, and media analysis. She has previously taught courses in strategic communications and crisis communications.
Her research interests include hazard mitigation, brand awareness, communications, organizational crisis planning, and research methods. Professor Cephas has completed several research projects such as “Covering Hurricane Katrina: The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Sociology of Disaster,” “How does the Classified Nature of the Intelligence Community Impact the Establishment of Millennial’s Professional Networks?”, and “A Comprehensive Brand Awareness Strategy to Enhance Consumer Engagement in the Luxury Accessories Market.”
Professor Cephas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Washington College, Master of Arts in Public Sociology from American University, Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from The National Intelligence University, and Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.
She designed and teaches the Crisis Mitigation curriculum for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program.