Ms. Linda Langston
Director of Strategic Relations, National Association of Counties
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. David Bibo
Acting Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs, FEMA
David Bibo is the Acting Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs at FEMA. In this role, he leads the Agency’s strategic and resource planning, data analytics, policy, audit, and international affairs functions. Mr. Bibo served on the staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC) from November 2011 –December 2013, most recently as Senior Director for Preparedness Policy. He worked with federal leaders to foster initiatives to build and sustain the nation’s capacity to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards. He led development and implementation of national-level policy related to individual and community resilience, preparedness grants, health and medical preparedness, and national security and emergency preparedness communications. Mr. Bibo also coordinated interagency preparedness for and response to emerging infectious disease threats and federal response to biological incidents. Prior to being promoted to Senior Director, he served as Director for Preparedness Policy, coordinating interagency efforts to implement Presidential Policy Directive-8: National Preparedness, including completion of the first National Preparedness Report and National Response, Recovery, and Mitigation Frameworks. Before joining the NSC staff, Mr. Bibo served in the Office of the Administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Deputy Administrator. In this role, he provided leadership for several of the Administrator’s priorities, including empowerment of FEMA’s regional offices and efforts to enhance the capabilities of FEMA’s workforce. Mr. Bibo was also responsible for improving effectiveness and efficiency across FEMA’s preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation programs and operations. He began his federal career as a Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Secret Service, where he focused on implementation of the Director’s strategic priorities. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Mr. Bibo served in state and local government. In 2007, he was selected as one of Harvard University’s inaugural Dukakis Governors’ Fellows. During the fellowship, he served in the office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, supporting the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor in building preparedness and response capacity for the Commonwealth. He served as Assistant Homeland Security Director from 2004-2006 for the City of Boston and eight other metropolitan communities, where he designed and implemented initiatives that were integral to building the region’s preparedness and response capabilities in the wake of September 11. Mr. Bibo holds a Master’s in Public Policy in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.
Mr. Ray Bonilla
Senior Director, IT Resiliency Management, Kaiser Permanente
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
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. Arrietta Chakos
Principal, Urban Resilience Strategies
Arrietta Chakos is a consultant in urban resilience policy. Her specialties include disaster risk assessment, disaster loss estimates, public policy development, multi-party negotiations, and municipal government operations. She recently served as director of the Acting in Time Advance Disaster Recovery project at the Harvard Kennedy School, which was involved with disaster policy research and application. A seismic safety advocate, she was assistant city manager in Berkeley, California until 2007 and managed the city’s intergovernmental coordination and hazard mitigation initiatives. She directed California’s first municipal hazard mitigation plan aimed at sustainable risk reduction. Berkeley’s mitigation efforts are nationally recognized and use innovative tax incentives and locally funded programs to promote community resilience. Chakos worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its report to the Congress on all hazards risk mitigation, and with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalEMA) on natural hazards projects and seismic safety legislation. She served as a technical advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on its international seismic safety program for schools; the World Bank on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development in the metropolitan Istanbul region; and with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s research on community disaster resilience. She has also advised on a recent Ford Foundation study on Stafford Act implementation in the Gulf Coast region; as well as with the Association of Bay Area Governments; the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; GeoHazards International; the Center for Biosecurity; and the Natural Hazards Center on disaster policy issues. Publications include papers on disaster risk reduction for technical conferences; the American Society of Civil Engineers; Spectra, an engineering professional publication; the Natural Hazards’ Observer; the United Nations journal, Regional Development, and as a contributor to Keeping Schools Safe in Earthquake Country (OECD, 2004) and Global Warming, Natural Hazards, and Emergency Management (2009). She received a B.A. from California State University, Humboldt and a M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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.
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.
Mr. James C. Dalton
Director of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
James Dalton serves as the Director of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Washington, D.C. In this position, he leads, manages and directs the policy development, programming, planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance activities of the Army Civil Works Program, a $6 billion annual program of water and related land resources of the United States, and oversees the work of over 25,000 civilian employees. He also represents the USACE in the United Nation’s Advisory Board High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and serves in several national and international water resources Committees. Mr. Dalton was selected to the Senior Executive Service in January 2005. From May 2007 until August 2016 he was Chief of USACE’s Engineering and Construction (E&C) Division, responsible for policy, program, and technical expertise in the design and construction programs for the U.S. Army, Air Force, Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and over 60 foreign nations. He also served as the Corps' South Atlantic Division and South Pacific Division Regional Integration Team (RIT) team leader, USACE Climate Change Adaption Committee Chair, and leader for USACE on Resilience. Mr. Dalton served as the Regional Business Director for USACE’s South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, Georgia from July 2005 to May 2007. He was Director of Business Management for USACE’s Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, Iraq from 13 January to 31 July 2005, leading the Programs and Project Management organization. Mr. Dalton served as Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Division of USACE’s Alaska District, Anchorage, Alaska from 2001 until January 2005. There he was responsible for the execution of the district’s military, civil works, environmental interagency and international support programs and projects for the Army, Air Force, Department of Defense and other Federal, State and local agencies in Alaska. From 1999 to 2001, he served as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Division and Chief, Ministry of National Defense/Host Nation Liaison of USACE’s Far East District in Seoul, Korea, where he provided leadership and oversight of a large military construction program. From 1997 to 1999, he was the chief and senior in-country representative for the Corps’ office in Egypt. Mr. Dalton is a native of North Carolina and has been employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1978. After a short period of employment with the Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta Georgia, he joined the Corps’ Wilmington District in Wilmington, North Carolina as a cost engineer after completion of the training program. Mr. Dalton earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1978 from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C. He was selected for long term training and attended North Carolina State University where he earned his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1992. Mr. Dalton is a registered professional engineer in Virginia. Mr. Dalton was awarded the Excellence in Construction Management Award in 1995, the nationally recognized Black Engineer of the Year Award in 2007 for Career Achievement, and the 2009 Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award. Mr. Dalton also has received numerous performance awards including the Superior Civilian Service award in 2001 for his work in the Far East District and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for work in Iraq in 2005. He received the U.S. Government’s Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2014.
Ms. Margaret A. Davidson
Senior Leader Coastal Inundation and Resilience, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Margaret Davidson is Senior Leader Coastal Inundation and Resilience for the National Ocean Service. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Charleston. Among her recent professional awards: Fulbright Fellowship, American Meteorological Society Fellow, Gilbert White Fellow, 2007 Nobel Prize for the IPCC, and Zurich Fellowship for Climate Adaptation. She has also been recognized by NOAA for her work: Presidential Merit Awards in 2002 and 2010 and a NOAA Administrator’s Award in 2014. Davidson has served on numerous local, state, and federal committees and has provided leadership for national professional societies. She has focused her professional work on environmentally sustainable coastal development practices and the reduction of risk associated with extreme events and climate. From April 2012 to May 2014, as Acting Director of NOAA’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) Office, Davidson led the formal integration of OCRM and the Coastal Services Center to bring more effective products and services to constituents and coastal communities. Davidson joined NOAA as the founding director of the NOAA Coastal Services Center in 1995 and also served as the acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service from 2000 to 2002. Davidson previously served as special counsel and assistant attorney general for the Louisiana Department of Justice and later as the executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. Davidson has been an active participant in coastal resource management issues since 1978, when she earned her Juris Doctorate in Natural Resources Law from Louisiana State University. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Marine Policy and Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island.
Mr. Erroll B. Davis, Jr.
Retired Superintendent , Atlanta Public Schools
Erroll B. Davis, Jr. is the retired superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, a system of 50,000 students and 6,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $578 million. Prior to this position, Davis served as chancellor of the University System of Georgia. As chancellor, he was responsible for the state’s 35 public colleges and universities, approximately 302,000 students, 40,200 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of approximately $6.3 billion. Davis took office as chancellor in early 2006. Previously, he had served as chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation – an energy holding company with $8.3 billion in total assets and annual operating revenues of $3 billion at that time – since 2000. Davis joined Alliant in 1998 as president and chief executive officer. He retired from his dual roles as president and CEO in July 2005, and retained the chairman’s post until his move to the university system. Prior to the creation of Alliant Energy, Davis served as president and CEO of WPL Holdings from 1990 to 1998. From 1978 to 1990, he rose through the senior management ranks at Wisconsin Power and Light Company, starting as vice president of finance and ending as CEO and president. Davis’ higher education experience includes serving as a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents from 1987 to 1994, and as a former chairman of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, of which he is a life member. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Davis earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1965, and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago in 1967. He is a member of the board of directors of General Motors and Union Pacific Corp., and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) board and on the advisory board of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) along with numerous professional associations and civic organizations. He is a former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board (2004-2008) and the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Davis and his wife, Elaine, established the Davis Family Foundation, which makes annual grants to numerous students in need. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including recognition as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “100 Most Influential Atlantans,” one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine, one of the “Top 50 Blacks in Technology” at the Black Engineer of the Year 2005 Awards Conference and the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Davis also was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America” by Fortune magazine in 2002 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business in 1993, the same year he received a Bronze Medal in Financial World’s “CEO of the Year” competition. In addition, Davis was honored by the magazine U.S. Black Engineer as the “Black Engineer of the Year” in 1988.
Dr. Reginald DesRoches
Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology
Reginald DesRoches is the Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As School Chair, Dr. DesRoches provides leadership to a top-ranked program with 100 faculty and staff and 1,100 students. His primary research interests are in design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads. He has published more than 250 articles in the general area of resilience and seismic risk assessment. 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 is currently a member of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, and is a member of The National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology. 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 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. He 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
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. Gerald E. Galloway, Jr. (NAE)
Glenn L. Martin Institute, Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
Gerald E. Galloway, Jr. (NAE) is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and an affiliate professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. His 38-year career in the military included positions such as commander of the Army Corps of Engineers District in Vicksburg, Mississippi, member of the Mississippi River Commission, and professor and founding head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy. He retired from the Army in 1995 as a Brigadier General. Dr. Galloway earned his M.S.E. at Princeton and his Ph.D. in geography (specializing in water resources) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A civil engineer, public administrator, and geographer, Dr. Galloway’s current research focuses on the development of U.S. national water policy and disaster resilience in general and national floodplain management policy in particular. He currently serves as a consultant to several federal and state and non-governmental agencies on water resources policy development and flood risk management including thee Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the Maryland Coast Smart Council, an international panel of experts examining the flooding threats to Florence, and a panel of experts advising on sea-level rise challenges Singapore. Prior to joining Maryland, he was vice president, Geospatial Strategies, for the ES3 Sector of the Titan Corporation. He was a six-year member of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board and has served as chair or member of 13 National Research Council Committees. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Dr. Kevin P. Heaslip
Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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
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.
Dr. Lucile M. Jones
Retired, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction SAFRR Project, U.S. Geological Survey
Lucile M. Jones retired from federal service in March 2016 after serving as a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 33 years. Most recently, she was the USGS Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, leading the USGS’s long-term science planning for natural hazards research, and the SAFRR Project: Science Application for Risk Reduction that she had created to apply USGS science to reduce risk in communities across the Nation. She led the creation of a national science strategy for all natural hazards studied by the USGS to promote the science that would better prepare the Nation for natural hazards and the development of science products that would make the information more accessible to decision makers. With a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones began her career researching approaches to earthquake prediction using earthquake clustering and went on to write over 100 published papers on statistical seismology and integrated disaster scenarios. In 1979 while a graduate student, she was the first American scientist to go to China after normalization of relations as a Fulbright Fellow. Her research into earthquake occurrence probability and the short-term probability of foreshock and aftershock sequences created methodologies for assessing earthquake probability that have been the basis for all earthquake advisories issued by the State of California. Dr. Jones continues as a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech a post she has held since 1984, and is developing programs to connect policy makers with scientists and support the use of science in community decision making. In 2002, she was appointed by the Governor of California to the California Seismic Safety Commission. Recognizing the gap between science and policy, she proposed the USGS create a Multi Hazards Demonstration Project, to demonstrate how hazards science could improve a community’s resilience to natural disasters. Funded by Congress in 2007, Dr. Jones led this project in a range of natural disasters to create scientific products requested by decision makers in southern California. These included integrated scenarios of major disasters (earthquake on the San Andreas fault (the ShakeOut Scenario), catastrophic flooding from winter storms (ARkStorm scenario), and tsunami from an Alaskan earthquake), as well as targeted research programs in earthquakes, wildfires, floods and tsunamis and a real-time warning system for landslides with the National Weather Service. She developed the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, in 2008 and that has expanded to now encompass 43 million participants around the world in 2015. At the end of the successful demonstration, the work was expanded nationwide with the creation of the SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Project which continues in the USGS’s Natural Hazards Mission. Her pioneering science was recognized with the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, the 2015 Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western States Seismic Policy Council.
Mr. David J. Kaufman
Vice President and Director for Safety and Security, CNA
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
Susan Kieffer (NAS) 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).
Mr. Robert Kolasky
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Robert Kolasky is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. He is an experienced strategist, planner, and organizational leader and a published writer and analyst, with the demonstrated ability to develop solutions to public problems. He previously served as the Director of Strategy and Policy for the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection. In that role, he led strategic initiatives on behalf of the Assistant Secretary to help IP achieve organizational priorities, including IP’s activities to enhance its capabilities to integrate cyber and physical risk management efforts with critical infrastructure owners and operators, and approach to improve infrastructure resilience in the face of climate change and other risks. In addition, he oversees all aspects of IP’s strategic planning process, and the related Critical Infrastructure Risk Management Enhancement Initiative. He also served as IP’s Acting Chief of Staff from August 2012-February 2013 where he was responsible for all aspect of managing the Office of the Assistant Secretary, and working on behalf of the organization’s leadership to oversee daily operations Mr. Kolasky previously served as the Assistant Director for Risk Governance and Support in the Office of Risk Management Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security where he focused on analyzing the risks to the Nation and the degree to which we are focusing our efforts appropriately to manage those risks. In that role, he helped facilitate the Department’s Risk Steering Committee, and was responsible for developing policies and processes to enable risk-informed strategic decisions by DHS. In addition, he led the first ever Strategic National Risk Assessment, in partnership with FEMA, as part of the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8. Mr. Kolasky’s career focus is on analyzing issues related to homeland security strategy, planning and policy. He has supported program development for the DHS Secretary’s Operational Integration Staff (I-STAFF), and the National Preparedness Task Force, and led strategic planning engagements for DHS components. In doing so, he has worked at DHS and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and as a management consultant at Booz Allen and Hamilton. Mr. Kolasky joined the Federal government following his graduation from the Harvard Kennedy School in June of 2002. While at the Kennedy School, Mr. Kolasky concentrated on Business and Government Policy and Microeconomics. He also worked as a management consultant for several non-profit organizations. Prior to attending HKS, Mr. Kolasky was a journalist and an entrepreneur. He helped start two of the first public policy sites on the Internet and served as the managing editor for IntellectualCapital.com and the director of content for Policy.com. Mr. Kolasky graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994.
Dr. Howard C. Kunreuther
Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy and Co-Director Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Howard Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor, Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and Co-Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. Dr. Kunreuther has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for the publication that makes the most significant contribution to the literature of insurance. He served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” in the 2014 IPCC report and currently serves on The National Academies' Committee on Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program and the Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events. His most recent books include At War with the Weather (with E. Michel-Kerjan, 2011), Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry (with M. Pauly and S. McMorrow, 2013), and Leadership Dispatches: Chile's Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster (with M. Useem and E. Michel-Kerjan, 2015). Dr. Kunreuther received the 2015 Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and the International Insurance Society in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks.
Dr. Kristin Ludwig
Staff Scientist, Natural Hazards Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey
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. Michael G. Manning
Chairman of the Board of Directors, NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
and President and CEO, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
Michael G. Manning became Executive Director, later President and CEO, of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in January 2004. As an affiliate of Feeding America, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank procures and distributes food to over 120 member agencies in a twelve-parish area in the fight against hunger. Prior to joining the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Mr. Manning was the Vice President of Finance for Louisiana Generating LLC. He also served as Vice President and Treasurer as well as Vice President of Planning, Rates and Risk Management at Cajun Electric from 1992 until 2004. Mr. Manning was appointed by the Governor of Louisiana to the Louisiana Serve Commission. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). He also serves as a member of the Finance Advisory Council of Louisiana State University Department of Finance in the College of Business, Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LAVOAD), Louisiana Capital Area Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LCAVOAD), and Chairman of the Central Region of Feeding America. He has served on the Feeding America Disaster Advisory Group, a member of the Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Programs for East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana Parishes, the Louisiana Food Bank Association, and East Baton Rouge Parish Local Emergency Planning Committee. He also has served on the National Disaster Response Task Force for Feeding America. Mr. Manning received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Finance from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Eduardo Martinez
President, The UPS Foundation
As President of the UPS Foundation, 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. Gerald McSwiggan
Director, Issues Network, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Gerald McSwiggan is the Director, Issues Networks and oversees the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center Issue Network capabilities. The Center's Issue Networks are business-led coalitions of leading companies that work together to harness their collective power to advance progress against specific issues they care deeply about. He also manages the Center's disaster assistance and recovery capabilities. The disaster portfolio provides best-practice recovery information for businesses and communities, as well as critical on-the-ground support during times of disasters. He organizes the Disaster Corporate Aid Tracker and the popular cross-sector disaster events, leads on-the-ground recovery delegations, and creates information exchanges so lessons learned from previous disasters are remembered. Mr. McSwiggan has managed the Center's response to disasters including the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, multiple hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean coastal regions, flooding in Pakistan and parts of the United States, tornadoes and wildfires in the United States, and more. He previously served as Federal Programs Coordinator in the Washington, D.C. Federal Affairs Office of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and helped lead the transition to current Governor Charlie Crist. Prior to working for the State of Florida, he worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Mr. McSwiggan holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Mr. Steve Moddemeyer
Principal, CollinsWoerman Architects
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.
Dr. M. Granger Morgan (NAS)
University Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
M. Granger Morgan (Co-Chair – NAS) is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds appointments in three academic units: the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the H. John Heinz III College. His research addresses problems in science, technology and public policy with a focus on energy, environmental systems, climate change, the adoption of new technologies, and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis. At Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Morgan co-directs the NSF Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making and the Electricity Industry Center. He serves as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Council for the International Risk Governance Council, and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee and the Energy Advisory Committee of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In the past, Dr. Morgan served as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chair of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute, of which he is a member. At the National Academy of Sciences, he has chaired or been a member of various committees. He currently co-chairs the Resilient America Round Table and is a member of the Report Review Committee. Dr. Morgan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He holds a BA in Physics from Harvard College (1963), an MS in Astronomy and Space Science from Cornell (1965), and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Information Science at the University of California at San Diego (1969).
Dr. Lori Peek
Associate Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director, Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Colorado State University
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. Jon M. Peha
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Jon M. Peha is a full professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has addressed information networks from positions in industry, government, and academia. In government, he served at the Federal Communications Commission as chief technologist, in the White House as assistant director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy where he focused on telecommunications and research, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee where he was responsible for telecom and e-commerce issues, and at USAID where he helped launch and lead a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure. In industry, Dr. Peha has been chief technical officer for three high-tech companies, and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Peha is a professor in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Associate Director of the University's Center for Wireless & Broadband Networking. His research spans technical and policy issues of information networks, including spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, privacy, secure Internet payment systems, online dissemination of copyrighted material, and network security. Dr. Peha is an IEEE Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, and a winner of the FCC's "Excellence in Engineering Award," the IEEE Communications Society TCCN Publication Award for career contributions, and the Brown Engineering Medal. Dr. Peha holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a BS from Brown University.
Dr. William D. Solecki
Professor of Geography Hunter College of the City University of New York
William D. Solecki is professor and chair of the Department of Geography at Hunter College – CUNY and serves as the interim director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, which seeks to create awareness and understanding of the connections between the everyday lives of urban citizens and their natural world, leading to the discovery and use of cities like New York as a learning laboratory to create a sustainable future for cities worldwide. He has served on several National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees including the Special Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE). He currently is a member of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Megacity Study Group and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP), Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Scientific Steering Committee. He currently serves as the co-leader of several climate impacts and land use studies in the New York metropolitan region, including the Metropolitan East Coast Assessment of Impacts of Potential Climate Variability and Change. He holds in degrees in Geography from Columbia University (B.A.) and Rutgers University (M.A., Ph.D.).
Mr. Ellis M. Stanley, Sr.
Managing Partner, Ellis Stanley Partners, LLC.
Ellis Stanley, Sr. is Managing Partner of Ellis Stanley Partners, LLC. After 32 years as an Emergency Manager that included North Carolina, Atlanta-Fulton County, GA, City of Los Angeles, CA - he worked in the private sector with Dewberry, LLC and HGI. Mr. Stanley currently serves as a member of the NAS/NCR Resilience Roundtable; Chair of the Global Board of Directors of the International Association of Emergency Managers; Advisory Board member of the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence; Board of Directors National Disaster Resiliency Center; Hope Coalition America Advisory Board. Former Board Member of Atlanta and Los Angeles Red Cross Chapters; Disaster Recovery Institute International; Former Chair Emergency Management Accreditation Program; Mr. Stanley also serves as an adjunct professor at American University, teaching Senior Crisis Management, and at Harvard University, teaching Meta-Leadership.
Dr. Ross S. Stein
Cofounder and CEO of Temblor
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
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.
Mr. Roy E. Wright
Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Roy Wright serves as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation. He leads FEMA’s risk management, risk reduction, and flood insurance programs. These programs promote a risk-conscious culture, enable faster recovery from flood disasters, and address long-term vulnerabilities to life, property, and well-being in communities across the Nation. Mr. Wright directs the National Flood Insurance Program, the mitigation programs under FEMA's Stafford Act authorities, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, and the National Dam Safety Program. Mr. Wright is also responsible for the delivery of environmental and historic preservation technical assistance and compliance across all FEMA programs. He chairs the inter-agency Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) that coordinates mitigation and resilience efforts across the Federal Government in consultation with State, local, Tribal, and Territorial governments as well as the private sector. Mr. Wright was appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service in 2013. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to taking this role, Mr. Wright has served as a strategy consultant, as the program executive for FEMA’s Risk MAP program, and as policy advisor to the Secretary of the Interior focused on land conservation measures.