Everything we do professionally and as an organization is dedicated to protecting lives, safeguarding businesses and fostering community resiliency.

The mission of the Washington DC Chapter is to serve as the premier Business Continuity Management (BCM) trade association in the metropolitan area encompassing the District of Columbia, Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia (the DMV). By providing meetings, seminars, and networking events in the DMV, we encourage professional enhancement in the broader continuity arena, and provide exposure to new ideas, best practices and improved processes related to our industry.


The Washington DC chapter of the International Association of Contingency Planners was co-founded in 1994 by Michael Braham and Ken Barksdale.
Michael and Ken both served terms as President of the chapter, and within a few years had formed strong relationships with the American Red Cross, Georgetown University’s Crisis Management Center, and the District of Columbia’s Local Emergency Planning Council.


Our current Board Members are listed below; feel free to reach out if you are interested in becoming a DC Chapter member, or have a topic for one of our upcoming Chapter Meetings!

Association of Continuity Professionals 2018 Chapter Board


Jennifer Paris, ABCP, CEM


Chris Stanton


Stephanie M. Brennan, ABCP, PCP, CERT

Vice President of Programs

Ren Werbin

Vice President of Membership

Avery Church

Director of Publications

George B. Huff, Jr., Esquire, CBCP, MBCI, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

Director of Community Outreach

Douglas S. Kinney

Director of Compliance

Kara Crawley, CBCP, CEM, PCP, MEP

Director of Public Relations

Emanuel Payton, CBCP

Director of Education & Seminars

Crystal Washington

Director of Marketing & Special Events 

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Director of Information/Technology

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