Trina Sheets

Executive Director, NEMA


Trina Sheets is the Executive Director for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), an affiliate organization of the Council of State Governments (CSG). NEMA represents the State Directors of Emergency Management in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Ms. Sheets joined NEMA in 1993 and was named Executive Director in 1995. Her primary responsibilities with NEMA include representing the views of the state emergency management community to the Federal government, Congress and other decision-makers. She works to ensure the needs of the states are considered as legislation and national policies and programs are developed. Policy research, analysis and the development of national positions and white papers by NEMA also fall within her portfolio. In her role as Executive Director Ms. Sheets serves as the conduit between the Federal government and the state emergency management agencies. She facilitates relationship building and information sharing between NEMA and other emergency management and homeland security stakeholders in order to develop a unified voice among practitioners that serves to advance the nation’s ability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies. Ms. Sheets is the coordinator for the National Homeland Security Consortium and represents NEMA on the Emergency Services Sector Coordination Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection.

During her time with NEMA, Ms. Sheets has been responsible for overseeing national projects including establishment of the National Homeland Security Consortium, initial development of the Emergency Management Accreditation program, facilitating interstate mutual aid through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, providing states with resources, information and technical assistance to better prepare for homeland security and training newly appointed state emergency management directors. She has provided project development and management for numerous federal grant projects with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Defense and other grant making bodies.

While fulfilling her responsibilities with NEMA, Ms.Sheets also serves as Affiliates Coordinator with the Council of State Governments. This entails promoting effective communication and coordination between CSG and eleven national associations who are its affiliates and represent state elected and appointed officials. She has also served in ther CSG positions that have included oversight of development and fundraising activities to support CSG’s substantive policy research activities, managing its production and publications departments, and serving as a member of CSG’s Editorial Board for State Government News magazine. Ms. Sheets has authored a number of national publications and articles related to emergency management and homeland security.

In 2009 Ms. Sheets was presented with the NEMA President’s Award which goes to an outstanding contributor who represents the principles and practices for which the Association stands. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense & Security. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

Prior to joining NEMA, Ms. Sheets was the Director of Public Relations for the Kentucky Blood Center and had primary responsibility for media relations, marketing, development and fundraising and community outreach.

Ms. Sheets holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University.

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