Suzanne Frew

The Frew Group

Suzanne Frew leads The Frew Group, a small, woman-owned consultancy, in helping people better understand and communicate with each other. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she works with public and private sector clients to break through communication barriers and build trust with culturally diverse populations for building holistic risk resilience, creative partnerships, and institutional capacity on natural hazards, climate change, and terrorism issues. Her clients come from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, education, environmental planning, transportation, homeland security, and emergency management. She loves every chance possible to use innovative outreach and engagement approaches, such as gaming and design thinking, to facilitate conversation and collaboration, particularly around cross cultural concepts and perspectives. She’s consulted throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, Caribbean and Canada, and has been blessed with the chance to gain important life perspectives from serving on private and public sector disaster response and recovery teams for domestic and international events. Frew is an adjunct instructor and course developer with the University of Hawaii’s National Disaster Preparedness Center (Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery, Natural Hazards Awareness for Community Leaders). She is a contributing author to four books and numerous professional articles, a member of the Emerging Technology Caucus of the International Association of Emergency Managers, her local Community Emergency Response Team, and a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network. Suzanne began her career serving full-time with FEMA in mitigation and public affairs.