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Members of the ResilientAmerica Roundtable

Ms. Linda Langston - Roundtable Co-Chair
National Association of Counties

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana - Roundtable Co-Chair
Johns Hopkins University

Mr. Ray Bonilla, Jr.
Kaiser Permanente

Vice Admiral James Card (Ret.)
U.S. Coast Guard

Ms. Erin Coryell
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Mr. Daniel Cotter
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Susan Cutter
University of South Carolina

Dr. Reginald DesRoches
Rice University

Mr. John Dorman
North Carolina Emergency Management

Dr. Kevin P. Heaslip 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Dr. Quintus Jett
Rutgers University-Newark  

Mr. David J. Kaufman
CNA Corporation

Dr. Susan W. Kieffer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Kristin Ludwig
U.S. Geological Survey

Mr. Eduardo Martinez
The UPS Foundation 

Mr. Steve Moddemeyer
CollinsWoerman Architects

Mr. Brooks Nelson
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Dr. Lori Peek
University of Colorado-Boulder

Dr. Ross Stein
Temblor, Inc.

Dr. Erin Walsh
Department of Homeland Security



Ms. Linda Langston
Director of Strategic Relations, National Association of Counties

Ms. Linda Langston is the Director of Strategic Relations for the National Association of Counties in Washington DC. Ms. Langston previously served on the Linn County Board of Supervisors from 203-2016. In Iowa she remains as the Chair of the Linn County Public Health Board, and in Rotary. Ms. Langston is a former president of the National Association of Counties (NACo). Her presidential initiative was Resilient Counties, which focused on building communities’ capacity to be ready, resilient, agile and adaptive in the face of natural, manmade and economic disasters. Her home county was devastated by flooding in 2008. Also during her time at NACo she served as chairs of the Health Steering Committee, Healthy Counties Advisory Board, Finance Committee, and Arts and Culture Commission. Her outstanding leadership in arts and culture earned her the 2009 Americans for the Arts’ Public Official of the Year Award. Ms. Langston is a member of the Resilient America Roundtable for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Born in Chicago and raised in Iowa, Langston graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois with a degree in history. She is a 2007 graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Officials.

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana
Senior Associate, Center for Health Security, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana is a Senior Associate with the UPMC Center for Health Security. She holds faculty positions with the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Her areas of expertise include community resilience to disaster, public health emergency preparedness, public engagement in policymaking, and crisis and risk communication. National advisory roles include serving on the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research during Large-Scale Emergency Events, and the National Research Council Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters. Dr. Schoch-Spana has led research, education, and advocacy efforts to encourage authorities to enlist the public’s contributions in epidemic and disaster management. Her studies have been influential in debunking myths about mass behaviors in the context of bioterrorism, reframing the management of catastrophic health events to include social and ethical-moral dimensions, and persuading leaders to share governance dilemmas with the public including how to allocate scarce medical resources in a disaster. In 2003, Dr. Schoch-Spana helped establish the Center; prior to that she worked at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies starting in 1998. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

Mr. Ray Bonilla
Senior Director, IT Resiliency Management, Kaiser Permanente

Mr. Ray Bonilla leads the resiliency and continuity efforts for Kaiser Permanente IT. As the leader for IT Resiliency, he is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of enterprise-wide IT resiliency management programs, IT business continuity planning, IT crisis management, HIPAA contingency planning compliance, and enterprise technology risk and impact assessments and professional teams. Mr. Bonilla leads cross-organizational programs and initiatives to enhance the resiliency of Kaiser Permanente’s IT workforce, technology infrastructures, and business processes. He also provides strong leadership in developing strategies, executing on commitments from executive leadership and the Board of Directors, and change management with key stakeholders around the organization. Mr. Bonilla is committed to excellence in resiliency as part of Kaiser Permanente’s broader mission to care for the communities it serves. He has extensive experience managing large and complex business continuity, emergency management, and disaster recovery programs. Prior to joining IT, he served as a senior business continuity consultant with Kaiser Permanente’s Corporate Offices, where he managed the development, implementation, testing, and maintenance of over 2,000 business continuity plans. As a regional project manager for T-Mobile, USA, Mr. Bonilla designed, developed, and implemented preparedness programs and training. He serves on numerous business continuity boards, committees, and focus groups throughout the United States. His activities include director of membership for the Association of Contingency Planners, and terrorism liaison officer with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. Mr. Bonilla is a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and an Associate Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (AFBCI). He received his bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from California State University, East Bay, and his MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Vice Admiral James C Card (Ret.)
Retired, U.S. Coast Guard

Adm. Jim Card became the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on 24 July 1998 until his retirement on 1 July 2000. Previously Vice Admiral card served as the Commander, coast Guard pacific Area, Eleventh Coast Guard District, US Maritime Defense Zone Pacific, and Regional emergency transportation Coordinator from May 1997 to June 1998. His other previous flag assignments were as Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (1994 – 1997), and as Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans (1992 – 1994). His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, three Legion of Merit awards, four Meritorious Service Medals and a US Coast Guard Commendation Medal. He is the 1997 recipient of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers’ Vice Admiral jerry Land medal for outstanding accomplishments in the marine field. He also received the prestigious Rear Admiral Shepheard Award from the Chamber of Shipping of America in recognition of his achievement in merchant marine safety. Throughout his career, he has represented the US as a member of delegations to the IMO and headed the Delegations to the IMO Maritime Safety and Marine Environmental Protection Committees. In 1964 he graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy with two masters’ degrees, one in naval architecture and one in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970. He also graduated from the Industrial College of Armed Forces in 1986.

Ms. Erin Coryell
Program Officer, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Ms. Erin D. Coryell joined the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in November of 2010 as Program Officer in the Relief and Resilience Program. Ms. Coryell is responsible for the development, strategic direction, and grant making of the Foundation’s domestic disaster program which is focused on the Midwest. Ms. Coryell manages a portfolio of grants that span the continuum of disaster preparedness through long-term recovery projects in a ten state region. Ms. Coryell’s background spans historic preservation, nonprofits, urban development, and social and cultural issues regarding land use. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Coryell worked in field operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ESF – 14 Long-Term Community Recovery program and was deployed for disaster declarations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. She also was previously the Director of the Philadelphia Regional Fund, a grant program for community-serving historic houses of worship for a national nonprofit supported by foundation and government funding. She also has run her own preservation consulting business; successfully authored a New Market Tax Credit application for a faith-based organization in South Central Los Angeles; worked for a construction company on one of Seattle’s first Hope VI mixed-income housing project to use sustainable building practices; and worked for an urban developer on the restoration of a landmarked Nordstrom’s department store. Ms. Coryell graduated from Cornell University’s City and Regional Planning Program with an M.A. in historic preservation planning. She graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in art history.

Mr. Daniel Cotter
Director of the First Responders Group in the Science and Technology Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Daniel Cotter is the Director of the First Responders Group in the Science and Technology Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He leads programs for first responder advanced personal protective equipment, communications interoperability, incident information sharing, situational awareness, and disaster resiliency. Mr. Cotter has coordinated with international partners through bilateral and other agreements and designed and oversaw the Next Generation First Responder Apex Program, with the ultimate goal of creating technologies required to support a first responder of the future.

Dr. Susan Cutter
Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina

Dr. Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science—what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed. She has authored or edited thirteen books, more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Cutter has led post-disaster field studies of the role of geographic information technologies in rescue and relief operations in (September 11th World Trade Center attack) and studies of evacuation behavior from Three Mile Island (1979), Hurricane Floyd (1999), and the Graniteville, SC train derailment and chlorine spill (2005). In 2006 she led a Hurricane Katrina post-event field team and ensuing five-year study to examine the long term recovery along the Mississippi Coast. In 2012, she led a Hurricane Sandy recovery team to examine the differential recovery along New Jersey’s coast. She has provided expert testimony to Congress on hazards and vulnerability, was a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers IPET team evaluating the social impacts of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System in response to Hurricane Katrina, and was a juror for the Rebuild by Design competition for Hurricane Sandy reconstruction. Her policy-relevant work focuses on emergency management and disaster recovery at local, state, national, and international levels, with funding from NSF, the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, NASA, USGS, FEMA, DHS, South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and Florida’s Department of Health. Dr. Cutter serves on many national advisory boards and committees including those of National Research Council (NRC), the AAAS, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Natural Hazards Center, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She also served as Vice-Chair of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Science Committee supported by ISSC, ICSU, and UN-ISDR. Dr. Cutter serves as co-executive editor of Environment, associate editor of Weather, Climate, and Society, and on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Extreme Events. She also is serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Oxford Research Encyclopedias Natural Hazard Science. She received her B.A. from California State University, East Bay and her M.A. and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Reginald DesRoches
Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Reginald DesRoches is the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice. Dr. DesRoches previously served as the Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), DesRoches’ research focuses on the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart and adaptive materials. He served as the key technical leader in the U.S. response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Dr. DesRoches has served as Chair of the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee (2006-2010), Chair of the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (2010), and Board of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He serves on the National Science Foundation's Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, and is a member of The National Academies Resilient America Roundtable, Board on Army Science and Technology, the Global Earthquake Modeling Scientific Board and the advisory board for the Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management Research Center. Dr. DesRoches has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2002 — the highest honor bestowed upon scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. Most recently, he was a recipient of the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the 2015 ASCE Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award (2010), and the Georgia Tech ANAK Award (2008). The ANAK award is the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on a Georgia Tech faculty member. Dr. DesRoches has published more than 250 articles in the general area of resilience and seismic risk assessment. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1990, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1998 — all from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. DesRoches was inducted into Berkeley’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni from Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2015.

Mr. John Dorman
Assistant State Emergency Management Director for Risk Management, State of North Carolina

Mr. John Dorman is the Assistant State Emergency Management Director for Risk Management. In this capacity, he is responsible for all design, build, acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of data, models, analysis, systems and applications associated with hazard risk management. Mr. Dorman previously served as the Deputy Director of the Office of State Policy and Planning and later as the Statewide Planning Administrator for the Office of State Budget, Planning, and Management. Following Hurricane Floyd in 1999, North Carolina petitioned FEMA and became the first state in the nation to be designated a Cooperating Technical State. From this designation, the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program was created and placed under his supervision. In 2009, Mr. Dorman was given the expanded responsibility of implementing a statewide risk management framework of data, process, systems and applications associated with natural, accidental and intentional hazards. Mr. Dorman has managed a number of statewide initiatives, including the statewide acquisition of LiDAR-derived topographic data, digital orthophotography, building footprints, and special flood hazard areas. Mr. Dorman has also managed three national risk management demonstrations: Integrated Hazard Risk Management; Digital Flood Risk Management; and, Sea Level Rise Impact Study. He is currently the Chair of the national Technical Mapping Advisory Council.

Dr. Kevin P. Heaslip
Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Kevin Heaslip is an Associate Professor in the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. He was previously the Associate Director of the Utah Transportation Center and the Mountain Plains Consortium (Region 8 University Transportation Center) in his position at Utah State University. His research interests include vehicle electrification and automation, alternative fuels for transportation, sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructures, and traffic operations. Dr. Heaslip has completed research for several major organizations including: The U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, and is currently working a US Department of Energy funded project on Automated Electric Transportation. Dr. Heaslip has received recognition by the Transportation Research Board three years running with the designation of three papers as Practice Ready Papers. USU also has recognized his research by naming him the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Researcher of the Year and Undergraduate Research Mentor of the year twice. He was also awarded the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year in 2011. USU’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory named him their Engineering Collaborator of the Year in 2010 for his work with wireless power transfer and vehicle automation. Dr. Heaslip has published 20 refereed journal publications, 30 refereed conference proceedings, and received research grants as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator in the value of $6.8 million dollars. Dr. Heaslip graduated from Virginia Tech with a BSCE and MSCE in 2002 and 2003 respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007.

Dr. Quintus Jett
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Dr. Quintus Jett is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University (Newark) in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), in conjunction with the Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED). Dr. Jett received his doctorate in Organizations and Management from Stanford University’s School of Engineering. He also holds a master’s in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, and is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania. He began his professional career at IBM, and worked for several years at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA center managed by the California Institute of Technology. At Rutgers, Dr. Jett teaches related topics such as social entrepreneurship, management consulting, public administration, and public service organizations. Previously he has been a faculty member at both Rice University and Dartmouth College.

Mr. David J. Kaufman
Vice President and Director for Safety and Security, CNA

Mr. David J. Kaufman is the Vice President and Director for Safety and Security at Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a non-profit research organization that provides in-depth analysis and results-oriented solutions to government leaders. He is responsible for executive management, development, and execution of CNA’s work in the areas of public safety, homeland security, emergency management and public health. Mr. Kaufman is the former Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where from 2009 to 2015 he provided leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support to the FEMA Administrator on a wide range of Agency policies, strategy, plans, programs, and key initiatives. Mr. Kaufman is an internationally recognized leader in homeland security and disaster management; his recent accomplishments include framing FEMA’s current strategic direction; developing FEMA’s Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management and its supporting doctrine; and launching the Strategic Foresight Initiative, exploring the impacts of global trends on disaster management. Mr. Kaufman is a former faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he has taught in the Center’s graduate and executive level education programs, and has previously served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and in FEMA. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan; a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, Political Science, and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Susan W. Kieffer (NAS)
Emeritus Professor of Geology and Physics, Center for Advanced Study, & Charles R. Walgreen Chair, Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Susan Kieffer is the Emeritus Professor of Geology and the Center for Advanced Study and Charles R. Walgreen Chairs Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kieffer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Her research focuses on geological fluid dynamics in diverse areas such as volcanology, river hydraulics, and meteorite impact dynamics. She has also worked on sustainability issues. She was a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for ten years and has served on numerous National Research Council committees and boards, including the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, the Board on Science Education, and the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences. Dr. Kieffer earned her M.S. in geological sciences and her Ph.D. in planetary sciences from California Institute of Technology. She is the author of the trade science book "The Dynamics of Disaster" (W.W. Norton, 2013), in which she discusses the science underlying various disasters – volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, rogue waves, tornados, hurricanes, etc. To deal with the increasing impacts of these events on our vulnerable populations, she proposes the concept of a global body, the Center for Disaster Control for Planet Earth (CDC-PE) modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Kristin Ludwig
Staff Scientist, Natural Hazards Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Kris Ludwig is a Staff Scientist in the Natural Hazards Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) where she contributes to multiple efforts in hazard preparedness, response, and recovery. She staffs the Department of the Interior Strategic Sciences Group (SSG), which rapidly assembles multidisciplinary teams of scientists to assess environmental crises and deliver actionable results to decision makers. Most recently, Ludwig co-led the SSG deployment in response to Hurricane Sandy. Prior to her current position, Ludwig served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at both the National Science Foundation and USGS; managed communications for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; and developed education programs and exhibits for the Pacific Science Center. Ludwig has taught earth science policy at George Mason University and her interests range from improving the application of science during crisis to deep sea exploration and STEM education. Ludwig holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Mr. Eduardo Martinez
President, The UPS Foundation

As President of the UPS Foundation, Mr. Eduardo Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs. In addition, Martinez serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with responsibilities for the advancement of diversity and inclusion programs which empower over 440,000 UPS employees worldwide including its suppliers, customers and communities at the company. He joined UPS in 1976 as a package handler in UPS’s South Florida operation where he subsequently entered the management ranks within operations and the Industrial Engineering functions. Martinez later held senior management positions in the areas of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Risk Management, and Acquisitions. In these capacities, he also served UPS’s subsidiaries and International Region. Martinez served as corporate counsel in the UPS Legal Department until 2007, where his legal practice included commercial transactions, intellectual property and information technology matters, as well as civil litigation. Prior to assuming the position as president, he served as Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for The UPS Foundation. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez serves as Vice-Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF's Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster's Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council. Martinez served as former Chairperson of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Currently he serves on the WEF's Managing the Risk and Impact of Future Epidemics Steering Committee. Martinez also serves on the UN Global Logistics Cluster's Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council. Serves as Principal, representing UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) organization, as well as an Executive Advisor Representative to the Points of Light Institutes' Service Council. Martinez also serves on the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (lAVE) and is Chairperson of its Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Martinez is former co-chair and appointee by the National Academy of Science of its national program, Resilient America. Martinez serves on the international board of UK-based business In The Community. Martinez serves on the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030, a business led coalition to advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. He serves on the steering council of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Global Health Security Agenda and on the Board of the United Nations public-private sector coalition innovation incubator, Global Humanitarian Lab. Martinez is on the private sector advisory boards of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, ARISE Board. He also serves on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Mayoral Service Board. Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960. He has lived in Atlanta since 1992, with his wife and three children. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Florida Bar.

Mr. Steve Moddemeyer
Principal, CollinsWoerman Architects

Mr. Steve Moddemeyer is a thought leader with more than 23 years of experience leading governments, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability. He creates tools and policies that implement resilience principles into planning for land use and urban infrastructure. He works on climate change adaptation, sustainability strategies for large urban redevelopments, and advanced sustainability strategies for land owners, cities, counties, utilities, and tribes. Moddemeyer helped to guide development of the Resilient Design Performance Standard for Infrastructure for Boulder County and cities; and advises the National Academy of Sciences’ Resilient America Pilot Project in Seattle. Moddemeyer has a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.

Mr. Brooks Nelson
Director, Global Resilience, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Mr. Brooks Nelson manages the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Recovery program. In this position, Nelson leads programming around the private sector’s role in disaster preparedness and community resiliency. Brooks also coordinates the Center’s response to natural and man-made disasters through the Corporate Aide Tracker, business delegation trips, and coordination calls. In addition to leading the global resilience program, he also supports the execution and management of the annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. Nelson began working with Corporate Citizenship Center in March 2009 as a researcher for the Together for Recovery campaign. Previously, Nelson was the senior manager for operations at the Center where he was responsible for the day to day management of the center as well as directing event logistics. He has also served as coordinator for the Business and Society Relations program where he was the lead for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. For this significant anniversary, the Center helped mobilize and track over 911 projects completed by businesses and chambers across the country. Prior to joining the Center, Nelson was with USA Freedom Corps, the civic engagement office of the White House under the Bush Administration. Nelson is a graduate of Iowa State University where he holds two bachelor of science degrees, one in Public Service and Administration and the other in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production with an emphasis in creative design. Brooks is originally from New Providence, Iowa.

Dr. Lori Peek
Associate Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director, Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Colorado State University

Dr. Lori Peek is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University (CSU). She also is an adjunct research scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Since 2006, she has served as associate chair of the Social Science Research Council Task Force on Hurricane Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Dr. Peek studies vulnerable populations in disaster, with a special emphasis on the experiences of low-income families, racial and ethnic minorities, women, and children. She is the author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11 (Temple University Press, 2011), co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora (University of Texas Press, 2012), and co-author of Children of Katrina (University of Texas Press, 2015). Behind the Backlash received the Distinguished Book Award from the Midwest Sociological Society and the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. In 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored Dr. Peek with the Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She was named the 2010 Greek Life Professor of the Year and has received CSU’s Alumni Association Best Teacher Award, College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Waterpik Excellence in Education Award. In addition, the Institute on Teaching and Learning at CSU selected her as a 2011-12 Teaching Fellow as part of a university-wide competition. Dr. Peek earned a B.A. in Sociology from Ottawa University in 1997, a M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2005.

Dr. Ross S. Stein
Cofounder and CEO of Temblor

Dr. Ross Stein is cofounder and CEO of Temblor, a tech company providing a personal, immediate and credible source of seismic risk understanding and solutions for everyone. Temblor will estimate the likelihood of seismic shaking and home damage and then show how the damage or its costs could be decreased by buying or renting a seismically safe home, securing fragile objects inside your home, retrofitting an older home, or buying earthquake insurance. Dr. Stein studies how earthquakes interact by the transfer of stress. He is the Winter 2014 Distinguished Lecturer of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences, and received the 2012 Gilbert F. White Natural Hazards Award of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is President-Elect of the 2500-member Tectonophysics section of AGU. He gave a 2012 TEDx talk, ‘Defeating Earthquakes,’ and was keynote speaker for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2006. Dr. Ross has carried out research for NASA, FEMA, U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Swiss Re and Zurich Insurance Group. Dr. Stein is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, was Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research in 1986-89, and later chaired AGU’s Board of Journal Editors. He received the Eugene M. Shoemaker Distinguished Achievement Award of the USGS, the Excellence in Outreach Award of the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Outstanding Contributions and Cooperation in Geoscience Award from NOAA. In 2009 Ross cofounded the Global Earthquake Model (GEM Foundation), a public-private partnership building the world's first global seismic risk model, and chaired GEM’s Science Board until 2015. Ross has appeared in many documentary films, including the Emmy-nominated documentary, ‘Killer Quake’ (NOVA, 1995), the four-part ‘Great Quakes’ series (Discovery, 1997-2001), and the multiple award-winning 2004 National Geographic IMAX movie ‘Forces of Nature,’ which he helped to write and animate. Dr. Stein received his Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University.

Dr. Erin Walsh
Program Manager, Relational, Adaptive Processing of Information and Display (RAPID) Apex, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Erin Walsh currently serves as the program manager of the Relational, Adaptive Processing of Information and Display (RAPID) Apex on behalf the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). She also leads DHS S&T’s efforts related to the development of research and development activities associated with Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Prior to joining S&T, Dr. Walsh managed mitigation projects related to building science, infrastructure, and community resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She also led SME groups conducting forensic engineering studies in response to major disasters as part of FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) program and was a member of the National Response Coordination Staff (NRCS). Dr. Walsh also worked as a consultant in energy, environment and defense-related areas. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Her master’s degrees in environmental management and environmental science and doctorate in industrial ecology are from Yale University. Her doctoral research focused on ways to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of urban infrastructure systems in the face of major disruptions by natural hazards, both episodic and lasting.