Darshan Parikh is the deputy Emergency Management coordinator. He came to Chesterfield County from Virginia Commonwealth University where he served as the assistant director of Emergency Preparedness, focusing on business continuity planning, emergency operations planning and COVID-19 contact tracing. Prior to that, Darshan was a representative to Chesterfield County, and other localities, with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Region-I office, working to enhance the region’s damage assessment readiness, assisting localities through the federal recovery process and responding to incidents in the field.
Darshan has assisted in the response to Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Michael, search and rescue missions, and pre-planned events in other regions of Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and has a strong background in emergency response, resource tracking and management, and leveraging technology. He has completed FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy curriculum and is in the process of obtaining a Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Darshan enjoys spending his free time officiating soccer matches, running, reading and discovering new restaurants.