Resilience America Roundtable Staff
Lauren Alexander Augustine
Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Director of the Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The marquis program is the Resilient America Roundtable, a set of activities that uses science, analysis, and technology in combination with community engagement to build resilience to disasters and other disruptions in four US Communities: Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Charleston, South Carolina; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 2010-2015, she served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience; was a member of the Advisory Board for the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange program; a juror on the Rebuild by Design resilience competition for recovery after Hurricane Sandy; and is a juror for Rebuild by Design in San Francisco (2017). She currently assists with the UNISDR’s Business and Science Forum. Lauren joined the Academies in 2002. In her tenure at the Academies, Lauren was a study director for water science policy issues on the Water Science and Technology Board (2002 – 2008) and the Deputy Director for the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a decadal, cross-academies program that built scientific capacity in national academies of science in eight African countries (2007-2013). From 2008-2013, she directed the Disasters Roundtable at the Academy. Her most recent positions at the Academy entail her developing a portfolio on natural disasters and ways that science can inform policy to reduce the risk and elevate society’s resilience to them. Lauren earned her B.S. in applied mathematics and systems engineering and her Master’s degree in environmental planning and policy from the University of Virginia; she completed her Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program that combined physical hydrology, geomorphology, and ecology from Harvard University.
Francisca Flores is an associate program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. Before joining the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Washington, DC. As a consultant, Dr. Flores was involved in pioneering human security as a novel strategy for the public health efforts of WHO Member States in Central America and the Dominican Republic. Specifically, she focused on developing a methodology to enhance health and human security through the building of resilience. She received her MPH and PhD degrees in behavioral and community health sciences, as well as completed certificate programs in community-based participatory research and global health, from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. For her dissertation research, Dr. Flores engaged a diverse group of stakeholders --- from the Belizean Ministries of Health, Education, and Human Development, Poverty Alleviation, and Social Transformation to the community members of Southside Belize City --- in exploring community resilience against gang violence and its harmful effects on adolescents (e.g., poor mental health outcomes), their families, and the community as a whole. Through this exploration, stakeholders had the opportunity to identify factors of community resilience and develop working theories on how these factors work with one another to build community resilience. These theories were then translated into a framework that can be used by stakeholders to guide program planning and policymaking.
Sherrie Forrest serves is a senior program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. Before this, she was a program officer for the Disasters Roundtable. Ms. Forrest joined the full-time staff of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the summer of 2010 following a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Graduate Fellowship in the Fall of 2009. While at the Academies, she has worked with the Ocean Studies Board and the Board on Science Education on projects that include the Roundtable on Climate Change Education, the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, and the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 Oil Spill on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico. Ms. Forrest obtained her M.S. in biological oceanography from the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University and received a B.A. in English from Pepperdine University.
Charlene Milliken is a senior program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. Before joining the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015, she worked for seven years in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) where she was involved in programs and activities related to community resilience, terrorism, improvised explosive devices, technology transition, strategic communications, risk communication, and social media use during disasters. Most recently, Dr. Milliken was in the DHS S&T Office of University Programs supporting management of the Centers of Excellence Program. While at DHS, she also conducted research and participated in interagency efforts focused on national and homeland security issues. Dr. Milliken was a National Defense and Global Security S&T Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007-2009. She received a B.A. degree in international relations from the University of Southern California, and earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She conducted her dissertation research in Peru, where she investigated mortuary rituals and ancestor veneration of the ancient Wari civilization.
John-Ben Soileau is an associate program officer for the Resilient America Roundtable. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Orleans. Prior to joining the Resilient America Roundtable, John-Ben completed a Christine Mirzayan Policy Fellowship at the National Academies, where he revamped the Safe Drinking Water is Essential project--a collaborative initiative between LabX and the Water, Science, and Technology Board to broaden public understanding of the world’s water supply and the science underlying its treatment and distribution. John-Ben’s doctoral dissertation is based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork with quilombo (maroon) communities in the Brazilian Amazon. His thesis examines the quilombo land title as a mechanism of environmental governance and analyzes the development of timber extraction projects on collectively-owned quilombo territory. John-Ben also serves as the Brazilian Partnership Coordinator for The Minga Foundation, a non-profit that collaborates with underserved communities to improve socio-economic and health equity. While conducting dissertation fieldwork in the rural Amazonian village where he lived, John-Ben coordinated the installation of a water distribution network and led a reforestry initiative. His academic and policy interests converge through a commitment to community-engaged and empirically-based field research in the development of social and environmental policies.