Suzanne Frew

The Frew Group

Suzanne Frew leads The Frew Group, a San Francisco Bay Area federally-certified, small woman-owned business that helps a wide range of public and private sector clients create culturally-competent policies, programs, communication strategies, and trainings to more effectively build risk resilience and respond to and recover from disasters. She uses innovative strategies such as gamification, design thinking, and other creative non-traditional approaches to more effectively “level the playing field” to improve inclusive cross-cultural collaboration, especially in planning and training. Frew has consulted on risk communications and resilience initiatives and served on disaster response and recovery operations throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, and Canada. She serves as an adjunct instructor and course developer with the University of Hawaii’s National Disaster Preparedness Center, delivering Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses addressing community resilience, social media for emergency management, and hazards awareness for community leaders. She is a contributing author to four books and numerous professional articles, a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network, and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers Emerging Technology Caucus and her local Community Emergency Response Team. Frew began her career serving FEMA full-time in mitigation and public affairs. She loves traveling, Hawaiian outrigger paddling, documentary photography, and talking story over a great glass of wine.