Howard Leikin is retired after decades with the Federal Insurance Administration and FEMA. At FEMA he provided executive leadership and direction for the insurance and floodplain management aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program. He also coordinated insurance marketing, communication, and outreach strategies to reduce losses from flooding and other perils. In 2003, Mr. Leikin transferred to the Department of the Treasury, where he served as the deputy director for the newly enacted Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. His responsibilities included establishing a framework for the program, developing policies and procedures for administering claims and for sharing losses among the federal and private sectors, and developing program regulations. He was detailed back to FEMA for five months in 2005 to assist with policy and implementation of the NFIP in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Leikin holds a B.S. in applied mathematics from SUNY Stony Brook, an M.S. in operations research from George Washington University, and was designated an Associate in Risk Management by the Insurance Institute of America.
Martin W. McCann
Jack R. Benjamin & Associates
Martin W. McCann is president of Jack R. Benjamin and Associates, Inc., and is also a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. At Stanford, he is a former chair of the National Performance of Dams Program, which created a national network to report dam safety incidents and to archive this information for use by the geotechnical and seismic engineering communities. Dr. McCann’s professional background and research have focused on probabilistic hazards analysis, including hydrologic events, risk assessment, reliability and uncertainty analysis, and systems analysis. He has been a consultant to several government and private sector groups in the U.S. and abroad, and has served on three NRC committees, including the Committee on Integrating Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience. Dr. McCann received a B.S. from Villanova University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Laura A. McLay
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Laura A. McLay is an associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. McLay is president of Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences, a forum of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and president-elect of the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs. She is a department editor for IIE Transactions, and an associate editor for Risk Analysis and International Transactions on Operational Research. She received a B.S. and M.S. in general engineering, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
University of Pennsylvania
Erwann Michel-Kerjan teaches in the graduate program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is the managing director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. His research focuses on how to better manage and finance extreme events (e.g., terrorism, natural disasters) and to strengthen resilience through business and policy innovation. Since 2008, he has chaired the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes, which advises the 34 member countries on these issues. He was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Leadership and Innovation for Reducing Risks from Natural Disasters and co-led the G20 Paris initiative under the patronage of then-President Sarkozy. Dr. Michel-Kerjan has coauthored several books, including Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability (Cambridge University Press), The Irrational Economist: Making Decisions in a Dangerous World (PublicAffairs) and At War with the Weather (MIT Press). The latter, coauthored with , with Howard Kunreuther, received the prestigious Kulp-Wright award for the most influential book on risk management. He received his Ph.D. in economics and finance at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France.
Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
Lindene Patton is chief climate product officer for Zurich Insurance Group, which provides both primary insurance and reinsurance. She is responsible for policy and risk management related to climate change. Her research focuses on how risk management systems are affected by natural catastrophes, and on alternative financing models that reflect actual exposure as well as future climate change. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Measuring Sustainability and Advisory Board on Sustainability and Competitiveness. Ms. Patton serves on numerous government and non-governmental advisory boards, including the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. She recently coauthored the book Climate Change and Insurance (2012). She is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. She holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Master’s of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Wright National Flood Insurance Company
Patricia Templeton-Jones is chief operating officer of Wright National Flood Insurance Company, the largest provider of flood insurance in Florida and the United States. She is the current president of the Flood Insurance Servicing Companies Association of America and a member of the Write Your Own Coalition. The Write Your Own Program of the National Flood Insurance Program allows participating property and casualty insurance companies to write and service the standard flood insurance policy in their own names. Ms. Templeton-Jones recently served as NFIP flood coordinator for Wright Flood, and chaired the Institute for Business and Home Safety and The WYO Marketing Committee. With over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, she is an outspoken advocate of the flood insurance program and of education about flood insurance.
Susan E. Voss
Voss Consulting, LLC
Susan E. Voss is Vice President/General Counsel for American Enterprise Group, Inc. an insurance company specializing in health care insurance products and services. Prior to beginning her work at American Enterprise Group in November 2013, she was a consultant in the areas of life insurance and annuity regulation. From 2005 to 2013, she was the Iowa Insurance Commissioner, where she led efforts to coordinate work with state and federal emergency management teams to assist Iowans with flood-related property issues, including mitigation of homeowner damage and flood insurance issues. An integral member of the Iowa Insurance Division, she assisted on an “after action plan” committee formed by Governor Branstadin 1993, which made recommendations on risk mitigation, insurance education and outreach, and state emergency management plans. She provided similar leadership services following the Iowa floods of 2008. She was a representative of the state of Iowa as well as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Ms. Voss has also represented the United States and Iowa in meetings with foreign regulators and officials regarding insurance operations in China, South Korea, Chile, Ecuador, and Germany. She received her B.A. from Simpson College and her J.D. from the Gonzaga University School of Law.