Erin Sutton is a Senior Principal on the Implementation Team working on Public Sector projects, specializing in the Emergency Management area. Erin currently supports strategic leadership development programs and strategy alignment efforts across federal and state public sector organizations.
What did you do before joining McChrystal Group?
I was the Chief Deputy State Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, where I oversaw the day-to-day operations of the agency and led the organizational and digital transformation for VDEM.
Why did you join McChrystal Group?
I joined McChrstyal Group because I believe in what they are doing for organizations across the country. As an agency that worked with them in the past, I saw the tremendous value they can bring to an organization that may be struggling.
What sport or hobby do you have outside of work?
Downhill skiing, paddleboarding, and knitting.
Why are you passionate about leaders & teams?
Because I have seen what bad leaders can do to an organization and how easily it can be corrected with the right person, plan, and passion. Teams are the only way that organizations can function because no one person is going to have the answer, but together they can solve problems.
B.S. Radford University
M.S. Wright State University
Written Articles/ Materials
Building the Future of Emergency Management: FEMA Vanguard Executive Leadership Program
Today’s leaders in emergency management (EM) face a level of complexity, interconnectivity, uncertainty, and volatility far beyond anything seen before. Leading in this environment—where events have far-reaching impacts—requires integrative thinking, advanced problem-solving, predictive analysis, and coordinated communication across a range of organizations and teams. So, with such a daunting problem set, what's to be done? The FEMA Vanguard program was born out of the new reality facing emergency management to provide purposeful connections, enhance role awareness across all facets of EM, introduce new leadership frameworks focused on innovation, inclusion, and adaptability, and address pressing and emerging issues and solutions.