Ponmile Olonilua, PhD, CFM

Dr. Olonilua is an Associate Professor at her Alma Mata, Texas Southern University in the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs in Houston, Texas. Having trilingual proficiency, she also has the bragging right as being the first PhD Candidate to receive the Degree of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Her research focuses mainly on hazard mitigation, specifically on public engagement, diversity, and risk management.  Dr. Olonilua developed the Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree program at TSU. As a PhD student, she was involved in the preliminary meetings to get HBCUs involved in the emergency management field and immediately after graduation in 2006 was appointed as a member of the University Task Force.

Dr. Olonlua’s background in Planning prepares her for hazard mitigation planning which includes development of plans for hazard mitigation. She is a CFM and reviews plans for ISO for CRS credit.

She has published papers in top journals in the field of Emergency Management and has presented at professional conferences of Political science, Public Administration, Planning, and Emergency Management. She is a regular reviewer for different peer reviewed journals including Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Disasters Journal.

She is currently a Co-Chair for the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Award (MFM), an award at the Natural Hazards annual Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado she won in 2009. She was the co-editor for the NHMA Newsletter from 2012 to 2014. She has  been actively involved with the FEMA Higher Education program and was part of the FEMA Focus Group on Internship opportunities in October 2018 at EMI and was part of the selected few to participate at the American Educators and Researchers Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario, in 2019.