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Karima Holmes

Karima Holmes is a distinguished Senior Leader and Advisor at the intersection of technology, government affairs, and public safety. She has served as executive director at emergency communications centers (ECC) across the U.S. as well as VP for a premier GovTech company in the realm of cloud and AI services. In these roles she overhauled technical infrastructure and critical public safety programs, spearheaded the strategic vision for critical communication solutions and ensured seamless connectivity for vital public safety initiatives across the country.

Holmes also leveraged her industry experience to establish partnerships with local, federal, and international public safety and homeland security response agencies. Renowned for her adept ability to nurture relationships and streamline processes, she served as the linchpin connecting various facets within the organizations she led, to safeguard the workings of public safety via emergency communications.

Highly notable is her oversight of Washington, DC’s deployment of its cache of 8,000 radios for National Special Security Events, State of the Union Addresses, and the 2017 and 2020 Presidential Inaugurations. In fact, Ms. Holmes was at the helm of the sole ECC in the nation’s capital throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing civil unrest of 2020, and the January 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol. Karima’s 20+ years of experience leading large scale communication operations includes management of up to 400 FTEs, and execution of a $125M budget.

Karima has repeatedly been recognized for her holistic approach to understanding the intricacies of the public safety landscape, providing invaluable insights to every division within the organizations she’s led. This is evident in her multiple leadership awards and board appointments in the private, public and non-profit arena. Her proactive engagement and leadership have been instrumental in driving success, solidifying her reputation as a trailblazer in the government technology sector.

In October 2019, she was appointed to the FirstNet Authority Board by the U.S. Commerce Secretary. Chosen for her public safety expertise and substantive technical experience, in this role she supported the development and operation of the country's nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to first responders.

In 2021, Ms. Holmes chaired the Federal Communications Commission’s 911 Fee Diversion Strikeforce subcommittee on the Impacts of 911 Fee Diversion and coauthored the Strikeforce’s final report and recommendations on ending the practice of diverting 911 fees for non-911 purposes, which was submitted to Congress.

She is also the treasurer for the 911der Women Inc. Board, a nonprofit created to ensure that women are empowered to contribute significantly to the public safety industry and push through roadblocks in pursuit of their goals.

Ms. Holmes has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security. She is also a Registered Public Safety Leader (RPL) with the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO). In addition, she participated in the 2019 adjudication of the National Emergency Communications Plan (DHS) and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s (CHDS) Executive Leaders Program (2021).

Session Info

Thursday

March 14
8:45 am - 9:45 am

Leading with Confidence

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