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November 05 2013

FEMA Executive Gwen Camp to Lead Working Group on Disaster Preparedness at HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit


ATLANTA – November 04, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that   Deputy Administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Gwen Camp, will be leading a working group on disaster preparedness at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta, November 14. Camp will co-chair the session entitled, “The True Cost of Disaster Preparedness – Unprepared and Prepared,” with Gregg O’Ryon, Vice President of Program Development at the American Red Cross and Chief Financial Officer for the American Red Cross Brian Rhoa.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the two-day summit, Global Economic Recovery: How The Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, will be moderated by Soledad O’Brien and frame the issue of financial inclusion, small business, entrepreneurship, jobs, and financial dignity as essential core ingredients to mid and long-term economic recovery and stability. It is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders from more than 50 countries around the world.

“Disaster preparedness is such a crucial part of financial planning,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “You never know when disaster will strike and oftentimes we aren’t financially prepared which is why we’re excited that Gwen and FEMA are lending their support to discuss this important issue at the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit.”

Gwen Camp is the Director of Individual and Community Preparedness for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the US Department of Homeland Security. This is her second Presidential Appointment, having previously served as FEMA’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for three years. She has held various positions in the US Senate, the US House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In 2008 Gwen served as the Philadelphia Political Director for the Obama Campaign. She has led workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America as a representative for Children’s International Summer Villages, Inc. and lobbied for the NGO at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The annual HOPE Summit will serve also as the staging area for the gathering of commitments for business role models, business internships, youth entrepreneurship business grants, and other commitments for action in underserved communities.

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its three core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than two million individuals, families, and small business owners. Operation HOPE is driven by a “silver rights” mission fueled by vision and idealism, HOPE strives to empower the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise.