Resilience America Roundtable Staff
Lauren Alexander Augustine
Dr. Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Director of the Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events in the Office of Special Projects in the Division of Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Division of Earth and Life Studies. Dr. Augustine directs the Resilient America Roundtable and the International Forum on CBRN Resilience, and she is the staff lead for the cross-Academies Resilience Working Group. She serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience and is a member of the Advisory Board for the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange program. Dr. Augustine joined the Academies in 2002. During her tenure, she was a study director on the Water Science and Technology Board, and from 2007-2014, she served as the Country Director for the African Science Academy Development Initiative, a cross-academies program that builds scientific capacity in national academies of science in eight African countries. From 2008-2013, she directed the Disasters Roundtable. Her most recent positions have entailed developing a portfolio on natural disasters and how science can inform policy to reduce disaster risks and build and enhance society’s resilience to these risks. Dr. Augustine earned her Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program at Harvard University that combined hydrology, geomorphology, and landscape ecology. She received her B.S. in applied mathematics and systems engineering and her master’s degree in environmental planning and policy from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Jamie Biglow is a senior program assistant for the Resilient America Roundtable. In the past three years, Ms. Biglow has worked in the field of international development, including project development, fundraising, and museum management. She is an M.A. candidate in international affairs at George Washington University concentrating in science and technology policy and security studies. Ms. Biglow completed her B.A. at the State University of New York at New Paltz with a double major in art history and history where she specialized in American social and cultural history and Medieval Islamic and Medieval European art.
Ms. Sherrie Forrest serves as the senior program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. Before this, she was a program officer for the Disasters Roundtable. Ms. Forrest joined the full-time staff of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the summer of 2010 following a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Graduate Fellowship in the Fall of 2009. While at the Academies, she has worked with the Ocean Studies Board and the Board on Science Education on projects that include the Roundtable on Climate Change Education, the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, and the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 Oil Spill on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico. Ms. Forrest obtained her M.S. in biological oceanography from the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University and received a B.A. in English from Pepperdine University.
Dr. Charlene Milliken serves as the program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. Before joining the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015, she worked for seven years in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) where she was involved in programs and activities related to community resilience, terrorism, improvised explosive devices, technology transition, strategic communications, risk communication, and social media use during disasters. Most recently, Dr. Milliken was in the DHS S&T Office of University Programs supporting management of the Centers of Excellence Program. While at DHS, she also conducted research and participated in interagency efforts focused on national and homeland security issues. Dr. Milliken was a National Defense and Global Security S&T Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007-2009. She received a B.A. degree in international relations from the University of Southern California, and earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She conducted her dissertation research in Peru, where she investigated mortuary rituals and ancestor veneration of the ancient Wari civilization.
Dr. Danielle Nagele serves as an associate program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. Before joining the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine she worked as a government contractor in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Nagele worked as a social scientist in the Program Planning and Integration (PPI) office and a risk communication specialist in the National Ocean Service (NOS). She received her B.S. in meteorology from Millersville University and her M.S. in atmospheric science from Texas Tech University. In May 2015 she graduated from University of Delaware with a Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management. Her research focus areas were public response to severe weather warnings and organizational culture among warning system organizations.
Andrea L. Shelton
Ms. Andrea Shelton is the program coordinator for the Office of Special Projects (OSP) in the Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGA) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Ms. Shelton was previously in the role of administrative assistant with the Laboratory Assessments Board (LAB) in the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS). Since March 2014, she had been responsible for assisting in the management of the administrative aspects of panel formation, panel meetings, report publication and dissemination, and program development. In addition, she has been responsible for travel expense accounting. Prior to joining the LAB, Ms. Shelton previously held an administrative staff position in the DEPS Executive Office.