Steve Moddemeyer - (Chair)
Steve Moddemeyer is a principal of Collinswoerman with 30 + years’ experience leading governments, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability and resilience. He creates tools, policies and programs that empower communities to 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, and utilities. He is a past member of the National Academies of Sciences Resilient America Roundtable (two terms). He serves as an advisor to the University of Washington Masters in Infrastructure Management and Planning, Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature: Resilience Theme Group, and founding member of The Little Think Tank, a group of academic and policy experts that focus on resilient recovery actions for American communities. Trained as a landscape architect, Steve creates multi-benefit implementation strategies that bring together natural and human systems by applying socio-ecological principles to system design, urban design, policy design, and industrial symbiosis development.
Christopher T. Emrich
Christopher Emrich is the Boardman Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration within University of Central Florida’s School of Public Administration and Director of Research in UCF’s newly formed National Center for Integrated Coastal Research (UCF Coastal). His research/practical service includes applying geospatial technologies to emergency management planning and practice, long-term disaster recovery analysis, and the intersection of social vulnerability and community resilience in the face of catastrophe. From 2004 - 2008 he provided geospatial support for response and long-term recovery to the states of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi and has since been actively involved in understanding how differential recoveries manifest across disaster-stricken areas. Dr. Emrich is actively working at pinpointing challenges to equity in disaster recovery and mitigation and where he has most recently assisted in building empirically based and result-oriented impacts assessments to inform recovery programs in several states and US territories. He has remained at the vanguard of theory, data, metrics, methods, applications, and spatial analytical model development for understanding in the field of hazard vulnerability science and the often very in-equitable and disproportionate pattern of disaster loss and recovery across communities.
Erick C. Jones
Dr. Erick C. Jones, Sr. is a George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor in Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a noted engineer, researcher, and leader whose career has spanned industry, government and academia. He joins the US State Department as a Senior Advisor (Expert) in the Office of the Chief Economist through the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Jefferson Science Fellowship focusing on Resilient Supply Chains.
Dr. Jones’ industry background spanned working as an Engineer to an Executive at Fortune 500 Companies leading projects including ERP implementations, Business Process Re-engineering, and corporate merger and acquisitions. His industry experiences facilitated his success in Academia with Supply Chain Engineering and led to 4 academic textbooks, over 200 publications, 17 PHDs (7 of which are from underrepresented groups), funding from national agencies including NASA, DOT, and NSF, and tenured professorships from two Tier 1 Universities. His fundamental theories on automated inventory control, quality, and supply chain economics and logistics engineering have impacted the fields of artificial intelligence, manufacturing, and supply chain management.
Dr. Jones’ servant leadership and administrative activities include leading government funded public/private multi-university research centers, funding large scale programs at the National Science Foundation as a director, initiating academic programs as a chair and dean, and fundraising as a board member on public and private foundation boards. He represents and is an advocate for diverse and equitable conditions for all.
Dr. Jones is an alumnus of Texas A&M University and Distinguished Engineering Alumni of the University of Houston, a scholar of William J. Fulbright and Alfred P. Sloan programs, and a Fellow of AAAS and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Elena M. Krieger
Elena Krieger is the Director of Research at the energy science and policy research institute Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE). She joined PSE in 2013 to launch the organization’s clean energy practice area, and now oversees its scientific research efforts. Her current work focuses on accelerating the transition to clean energy resources, and developing transition pathways that realize non-energy co-benefits. She serves as principal investigator on numerous research projects, and simultaneously works closely with community organizations, non-profits, policymakers, and other stakeholders to use science to inform energy and climate policy. Her current research areas include designing solar+storage resilience hubs and deployment strategies, and integration of resilience, health, equity, and environmental metrics into state-level deep decarbonization efforts. She is a member of the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group to the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, a member of the National Academies’ New Voices in Science, Engineering and Medicine Program 2021 Cohort, and a science advisor to the American Resilience Project. She received her PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, where her research focused on optimizing energy storage in renewable systems, and holds an AB in Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard.
Therese P. McAllister
Therese McAllister is the Community Resilience Group Leader and Program Manager in the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She is also the NIST Liaison for the NIST-funded Center of Excellence, Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, that is led by Colorado State University. Dr. McAllister conducts research on community resilience, with a focus on the integrated performance of physical infrastructure and social and economic systems. She has expertise in structural reliability, risk assessment, failure analysis of buildings and infrastructure systems, and the performance of structures in fire. She co-led detailed structural analyses of the WTC towers and WTC 7 for the NIST WTC Investigation, conducted reliability studies of levee systems for the USACE following Hurricane Katrina flooding in New Orleans, and evaluated Hurricane Sandy flood effects on infrastructure systems as part of the FEMA MAT. She recently was recognized with the 2021 ASCE Walter P Moore, Jr award and 2018 ASCE Ernest E Howard Award for her research on structural codes and standards and on resilience. Dr. McAllister is an ASCE Structural Engineering Institute Fellow and serves on the ASCE/SEI 7 standard committee, Infrastructure Resilience Division, the Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems, and the SEI Board Level Resilience Committee. She previously served on the International Code Council (ICC) Structural Committee. She is an advisory panel member for NIBS, DHS and HUD resilience activities. She has a PhD and MS in Civil/Structural Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Civil/Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University, and a BS in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.