Speakers for Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2013

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Friday All Day Forum
Nov. 8, 2013

Keynote Speaker

Michael Berkowitz
Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation

Michael Berkowitz began work at the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013. He came to the Foundation from Deutsche Bank, most recently serving as the Deputy Global head of Operational Risk Management (ORM), overseeing the firm's operational risk capital planning efforts, serving as a primary regulatory contact and connecting the firm's operational risk management efforts. Since he joined the bank in 2005, Mr. Berkowitz held multiple other positions including Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Security, Business Continuity and Operational Risk Management, Global Head of Protective Intelligence, and other management positions based in New York, Mumbai and Singapore. Previously he was the Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management for New York City.

While at the Office of Emergency Management in New York City, Mr. Berkowitz worked on major planning initiatives, including the New York City Coastal Storm, Biological Terrorism and Transit Strike contingency plans. At OEM he led an initiative to create the Public-Private Emergency Planning Initiative and the city's Ready New York citizen preparedness campaign. During that tenure, he also responded to incidents including the 1999 outbreak of West Nile Fever, Tropical Storm Floyd, major flooding in Southern Queens (1999), the crashes of SwissAir 111 and American Airlines 587, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, as well as the 2001 anthrax incidents and the World Trade Center disaster. Earlier in his career, Mr. Berkowitz was the editor of Emergency Preparedness News, a Washington, DC-based newsletter for emergency management professionals.


Seth Wachtel
Director, Architecture and Community Design University of San Francisco; Co-Director, USF Garden Project

Seth Wachtel is the Director of the Architecture and Community Design program at the University of San Francisco, Associate Professor in the Department of Art + Architecture and Co-Director of the USF Garden Project. He completed his professional degree at UC Berkeley in 1987 and has worked in architecture and construction in Colombia, Haiti, India, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Zambia, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area.

His focus is low-cost building and urban landscapes in underserved communities, and the development of innovative construction techniques and community building approaches that produce sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings for human environments. Professor Wachtel teaches the Community Design Outreach, International Projects, and Construction Innovation Lab courses at USF, which provide students the opportunity to work on real world design/build projects for underrepresented communities both locally and internationally. He joined USF in 2004 and helped transform the Architecture program into one of the fastest growing on campus. His projects with university students and underserved populations continue to have positive impacts on Bay Area and international communities.

The Garden Project, which he co-directs, is an innovative program in which students established and continue to develop the first organic community garden on the University of San Francisco campus. He has received the College of Arts and Science's Full-time Faculty Service Award and the University’s Service Learning Teaching Award.

Seth currently has ongoing collaborative projects in Haiti, India, Israel, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Tanzania as well as Bay Area cities and counties. He is a founding member of the Building Process Alliance, a founding partner of GALRI, a consultancy group for Haitian reconstruction, and serves on the Boards of the non-profits Groundwork Institute and Self-Sustaining Communities.

Paul O'Connor
Manager, Marketing Communications, Holcim (US) Inc.

Paul directs all marketing efforts of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in the United States. He works with senior leadership at The Foundation based in Switzerland to affect change and sustainable strategy in the US. Paul also directs US efforts for the Holcim Awards for sustainable construction now in its tenth year (4th cycle). This is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future oriented concepts. The competition seeks projects that demonstrate an ability to stretch conventional notions about sustainable building and balance environmental, social and economic performance – while also exemplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability. The last cycle in 2010/2011 encompassed 146 countries.

Susan Klosterhaus, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Dr. Klosterhaus is an environmental scientist with more than 15 years' experience studying the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment. Prior to joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, she spent five years as the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and developed an expertise in the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Klosterhaus was a research scientist in laboratories at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina, where she conducted studies on the accumulation and toxicity of chemical contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. As part of these efforts she has a strong record of publishing in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals as well as experience in making complex scientific information understandable to both technical and non-technical audiences. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Maryland and her master of science in public health from the University of South Carolina.

Paulo Fernandes
Former Design Fellow, Architecture for Humanity Manica Football for Hope Centre, Mozambique; Social Impact Design Award merit recipient

Bruce King
Founder and Director, Ecological Building Network

After graduating from the School of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I spent three years practicing engineering with Skidmore Owings & Merrill in San Francisco, designing high-rise office structures in San Francisco, then two years with Spillis, Candela & Partners and Deca in Miami, working on various commercial structures and aircraft retrofits.

In 1983 I started my own engineering consultancy in Boulder, then moved that practice to the San Francisco area where I grew up. While my engineering work mostly concentrated on traditional low-rise wood-framed construction as is common in the western USA, I also worked on a wide array of structures such as churches, retail shopping centers, Tahitian resorts, Buddhist monasteries and ski lifts.

Starting in the early 1990’s I began working more and more with “green” or alternative materials, and saw the need to bring the “how to’s” of ecological building from the fringe to the mainstream where the ideas can save money and energy. Over time I have increasingly become a green materials consultant in addition to my work as a structural engineer, non-profit researcher, writer, and public speaker.


T. Luke Young
Project Manager, Architecture for Humanity

T. Luke Young brings to the organization more than 13 years of experience in architecture, urban planning, and social infrastructure design. He has worked primarily in Latin America, Asia and the U.S. Through his work he has integrated participatory planning, vernacular architecture and innovative design concepts to foster urban settlement initiatives that include residents, are sensitive to their culture and needs, and respect the natural and built environment. He has worked with Architecture for Humanity since 2009 when in partnership with two collaborators was awarded the Founder’s Prize in the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge and again in 2010 as a volunteer in Port-au-Prince.

He earned a Bachelor degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University, a Master in Architectural Studies and a Master in Urban Planning, both from MIT. T. Luke has volunteered his time in marginalized neighborhoods in Colombia and Haiti to promote more equitable spaces.

Phillip Longman
Author and Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Phillip Longman is a Senior Research Fellow with the New America, where he works on health care delivery system reform and issues related to market concentration. He is also the senior editor of Washington Monthly and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches health care policy.

His work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, Politica Exterior, Der Spiegel, and World Politics Review.

His work on health care includes Best Care Anywhere, recently updated with a third edition. The book chronicles the quality transformation of the Veterans Health Administration and applies its lessons for reforming the U.S. health care system as a whole.

Longman has spoken widely on this subject in popular and academic forums, including National Public Radio and MS-NBC, the Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management, The National Convention of the American Legion, Physicians for an National Health Program, The Open Source Convention, The National Association of Veterans Research and Education Foundations, and at numerous VA facilities around the country.

Mr. Longman has also written frequently on the issue of global aging and its relationship to the spread of sub-replacement fertility in both the developed and developing world. Following publication of his 2004 book, The Empty Cradle, he has spoken widely on the subject, including in advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Naval War College, the Japan Foundation, and the governments of India and the Russian Federation.

Longman’s first book, Born to Pay: the New Politics of Aging in America (1987), accurately predicted the mounting strains on federal spending and economic growth associated with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. In 1997, he warned of the consequences of excess debt and insufficient savings in his book, The Return of Thrift: How the Collapse of the Middle Class Welfare State Will Reawaken Values in America. He is also the co-author, with Ray Boshara, of The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity, which argues for an embrace of small-scale enterprise and asset-building policies by today’s progressive movement.

Formerly a senior writer and deputy assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, he has won numerous awards for his business and financial writing, including UCLA's Gerald Loeb Award, and the top prize for investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.

Rob Bloemker
CEO and Founder, Five Ten Capital

Rob is CEO of Five Ten Capital, an asset manager focusing on opportunities related to distressed real estate. Five Ten currently has 4 funds that purchase Single-Family Rentals and is backed primarily by institutional capital. With central operations in Salt Lake City, Five Ten buys homes in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Arizona, and Nevada. With over 20 years of investment experience in fixed income and specializing in mortgage-backed securities, Rob has invested through numerous regional and national housing cycles. He has led investment teams of specialists managing over $60 billion in assets and has developed a strong process for identifying and capturing opportunities across various markets. Rob has a BSBA from Washington University, St. Louis.

Nina Baird
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics, Carnegie Mellon University

Nina Baird is a researcher, educator, and consultant. She teaches graduate courses in zero energy housing, sustainable renovation, and global building rating systems at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture. Her research focuses on strategies worth replicating for sustainable, affordable residential design and on the energy and environmental effectiveness of district systems, with a particular focus on district geothermal systems. Nina serves as a technical consultant to ACTION Housing, a southwestern Pennsylvania non-profit with an overall mission to empower people to build more secure and self-sufficient lives through the provision of decent, affordable housing, essential supportive services, asset building programs, and educational and employment opportunities. Prior to her work at Carnegie Mellon, she was Vice President at ATL International in Maryland, directing environmental health projects in contracts with federal OSHA, EPA and DOE.

Miljana Vujosevic
Portfolio Manager, Prudential Foundation

Miljana Vujosevic is a Portfolio Manager with the Social Investments group at Prudential which has been investing to support thriving communities, education and economic opportunity for individuals and businesses since 1976. At Prudential, Miljana manages the group’s portfolio of work in key urban geographies including New Orleans and Detroit. In New Orleans, Prudential has invested to support scattered site rehabilitation and development along OC Haley Boulevard, a key commercial corridor in Central City. Projects that Prudential has supported along the corridor include the Jack & Jake’s Market, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. She is also responsible for the team’s charter school portfolio in Newark and throughout the United States. Miljana is currently working with the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a hyperlocal insurance model that seeks to mitigate homes so they are more resilient in the face of future natural disasters. Miljana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Karen K. Lee, M.D.
Senior Advisor, Built Environment & Healthy Housing, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. Karen Lee lives in NYC. She teaches on the built environment and health at the Pratt Institute in New York, and is also Adjunct Professor at the Schools of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta (also a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Non-Communicable Disease Policy) in Canada. She is also Senior Advisor on Built Environment & Healthy Housing at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Lee has been the lead for the NYC Health Dept in its work with 12 city agencies and non-government partners, in the development of the award-winning Active Design Guidelines, published in January 2010. She and her staff at the NYC Health Dept work with the American Institute Architects New York Chapter to organize the annual Fit City conferences since 2006. Since the publication of the Active Design Guidelines, Dr. Lee’s team has developed and implemented trainings on Active Design for architects and planners as well as community groups and residents, and has worked with city agencies and private sector partners on developing and implementing Active Design policies and practices in NYC and 15 other U.S. cities.

Dr. Lee is also co-author on the recently released publications Active Design Supplement: Promoting Safety, and Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing presenting low-cost and cost-neutral Active Design strategies to address the epidemics of obesity and related chronic diseases. Dr. Lee was also involved in the development and publication of the recent NYC Health Department publication Active Design: Guide for Community Groups.

Dr. Lee also consults to and advises cities and organizations in Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as World Health Organization offices on issues related to the built environment and chronic diseases. Before coming to NYC, Dr. Lee was with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she worked in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Dean Ornish, M.D.
Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ornish received his M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 36 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.

The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, The Lancet Oncology, and elsewhere. A one-hour documentary of their work was broadcast on NOVA, the PBS science series, and was featured on Bill Moyers' PBS series, Healing & The Mind. Their work has been featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. He has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines and is currently Medical Editor of The Huffington Post, which has 45 million unique readers per month.

Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and he was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He has been a member of the boards of directors of the San Francisco Food Bank and the J. Craig Venter Institute. He and colleagues established an integrative medicine clinic in the Saint Vincent de Paul homeless shelter in San Francisco which will be replicated throughout the country. Dr. Ornish was elected to the California Academy of Medicine and chaired the Google Health Advisory Council 2007-9.

The Ornish diet was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

He has received several awards, including the 1994 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin; the University of California, Berkeley, “National Public Health Hero” award; the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award for distinguished contribution in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention from the International Academy of Cardiology; a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association; the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases; the “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” award from California Pacific Medical Center; the Stanley Wallach Lectureship Award from the American College of Nutrition; the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement; the Linus Pauling Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine; the Glenn Foundation Award for Research; the Bravewell Collaborative Pioneer of Integrative Medicine award; and the Sheila Kar Health Foundation Humanitarian Award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Dr. Ornish has been a physician consultant to President Clinton since 1993 and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress, and he consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One to cook more healthfully (1993-2000). He gave a keynote speech reviewing the science of integrative medicine at the Institute of Medicine’s first Summit on Integrative Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences. For more information: www.pmri.org and www.ornish.com.

Dr. Ornish was honored as “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;” chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation;” recognized as “one of the most interesting people of 1996” by People magazine; and by Forbes magazine as “one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.”

Darell Hammond
Founder & CEO, KaBOOM!

Darell Hammond is the Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit based in Washington, DC dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve by ensuring they get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. Hammond wrote the New York Times bestseller KABOOM! A Movement To Save Play (Rodale, April 2011; paperback, September 2012).

Founded out of Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $250 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,400 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Hammond has been named an Ashoka Fellow, Schwab Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum and has been awarded the American Express NGEN Leadership Award by Independent Sector and the Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by New York University's Stern School of Business. Hammond lives in Washington, DC with his wife Kate Becker.

Jean Nudelman, MPH
Director of Community Benefit Programs and National Lead Community Health Needs Assessment, Kaiser Permanente

Jean Nudelman is responsible for leading Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to enhance the health of communities throughout Northern California through charitable contributions and partnerships. Jean plays both a regional and national leadership role for developing and using community health needs assessments and community health planning to inform Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit’s approach to improving the health of our communities.

Jean is responsible for the region’s contributions program, which provided over $20 million in regional grants to community partners in 2012. Jean is responsible for Kaiser Permanente’s regional strategic grant programs including Safety Net Partnerships, Community Health Initiatives and Outreach Efforts that help people access health and human services.

Jean’s background is in public health. She has an MPH from UC Berkeley in Planning and Policy, and has worked at Bay Area public health departments in planning and prevention before joining Kaiser Permanente in 1992.

Gillian Gillett
Director of Transportation Policy, Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco

Gillian is the Director of Transportation Policy in the Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee.
Prior to joining the City, she ran a software consulting company specializing in business process modeling and workflow, focusing on the financial services sector.
She moved to the Bay Area in 1998 during the dot com boom.


Richard Reed
Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross

Richard Reed is Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services at the American Red Cross. In this role, he leads the development and execution of programs that help Americans prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters nationwide. He led a comprehensive organizational assessment of all American Red Cross preparedness, response, and recovery programs which resulted in revamped processes to improve service delivery in disasters small and large.

Prior to taking the role at Red Cross, Richard was at the White House, serving as Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. He led the development of national policy related to resilience, transborder security, and community partnerships. With an experienced team of over 30 senior professionals, Richard covered a broad and deep homeland security portfolio that includes all-hazards preparedness, individual and community partnerships and resilience, critical infrastructure protection and resilience, domestic incident management, continuity of government, national exercises, transportation security (aviation, maritime, and ground), piracy, information sharing, border security, and immigration. Richard’s prior White House tenure included service as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Director for Continuity (2006-2009) and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy (2009-12). Richard’s Federal service exceeds 20 years, with positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the General Services Administration.

Desiree Matel Anderson
Former Chief Innovation Advisor, FEMA

Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson is an entrepreneur, innovator & catalyst who served as the former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA. She has led FEMA’s first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy and continues to lead a Field Innovation Team in disasters with several Federal agency partners providing real-time problem solving in disasters and proving that large scale innovation can occur in disaster response and recovery. She also runs global think tanks to cultivate a culture of innovation in communities. The think tanks have trended globally on social media during the hour of broadcast and provide a voice amplifier to discuss forward- leaning technologies, systems thinking approaches, and cutting-edge solutions with an emphasis on the whole community. The think tank topics range from conversations on innovating in the white space during disasters, hosting a high-powered dialogue on robots in disasters and other dynamic topics.

During Desi’s time at FEMA, she also cultivated a culture of advocating and organizing field experimentation for the agency with the Naval Post Graduate School and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology. She was responsible for the development of an innovation infrastructure at the agency which included innovation officers to advocate for progressive approaches to serving disaster survivors. She has also co-facilitated two events at the White House on innovation. Due to the cultivation of innovation at FEMA, the two imperatives for 2015-2019 in the Administrator’s intent focus on incorporating innovation and the whole community. Additionally, conversations in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2013 and across the globe are debunking the theory and shed light that innovation (even on larger scales) can be deployed in disasters.

Desi continues to periodically lecture at Harvard and various universities, organizations and agencies on innovation which includes consulting agencies and countries internationally on innovative practices and infrastructure. She attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health in 2011 and obtained a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2009.

Richard Serino
Deputy Administrator, FEMA

Richard Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Deputy Administrator in October 2009. In this role, he works directly with Administrator Craig Fugate to promote the “whole community” approach to emergency management, which seeks to build, sustain, and improve the Department's capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Since joining FEMA, Mr. Serino has traveled all over the country to communities affected by disasters to hear directly from survivors, and build relationships with whole community partners. During his tenure, he has seen flooding throughout the Midwest, fires in Colorado and Texas, tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Missouri, tsunami destruction in the American Samoa, and the Hurricane stricken areas in the south and along the east coast. Additionally, he spends time traveling to each of FEMA’s ten regional offices.

Mr. Serino strives to improve FEMA programs and emergency management by hearing directly from disaster survivors, communities, and FEMA employees. These improvements are focused on emphasizing financial accountability, improving the use of analytics to drive decisions, advancing the workforce, and fostering a culture of innovation. Under Mr. Serino’s leadership, FEMA has championed initiatives such as FEMA Corps, FEMA Stat, the FEMA Think Tank, a detailed budgetary process, and a Disaster Workforce Transformation.

Mr. Serino brings 35 years of state and local emergency management and emergency medical services experience to his position at FEMA. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he served as Chief of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. In that role, he bolstered the city's response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. He also led citywide planning for H1N1 influenza. Mr. Serino has served as an Incident Commander for over 35 mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston's major planned events, including the Boston Marathon, Boston's Fourth of July celebration, First Night, and the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a National Special Security Event.

Since 1998, Serino has been a National Faculty member for the Domestic Preparedness Program. He was an original contributing member for the Defense Department's Domestic Preparedness Training Program and Metropolitan Medical Response System. Serino has been involved, since its inception, with the Lessons Learned Information Sharing www.llis.gov network for emergency responders. As a consultant to the Pentagon and the Defense Department, Serino served on the 9/11 after-action team to assess medical consequence management policies and procedures. Serino attended Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2000, completed the Kennedy School's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative in 2005, and graduated from the Executive Leadership Program, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

David Morris
President, evacuteer.org

As President of evacuteer.org's Executive Leadership Committee and Co-director of the organization, David W. Morris oversees a group of 20 extremely committed volunteers, who keep the organization's operating costs lean by working in subcommittees to bear the burden and responsibilities of a traditional non-profit staff. A volunteer himself, Morris is NOLA born and bred. After living away for several years, David realized what all true New Orleanians realize sooner or later-- there's just no place like home! Since relocating his political and public affairs firm back to New Orleans, David has come to understand just how lucky he is to be able to fuse his passions for public affairs and giving back to New Orleans on daily basis in the form of his service to evacuteer.org."

Andy Thompson
Associate Principal, Catastrophe Risk and Insurance, Arup

Andy Thompson leads Arup’s global Catastrophe Risk and Insurance practice. As an expert in risk-based design, property insurance, and business continuity, he has helped corporations and governments throughout the world become more resilient to hurricanes, earthquakes, climate change, and acts of terrorism. His work also includes supporting clients in post-disaster situations, most recently following Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and the 2011 Japan, 2010 Chile, and 2010 Haiti earthquakes. He is a coauthor of the books Extreme Event Mitigation in Buildings and Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country, and a recipient of Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2010 40-Under-40 Award.

Garrett Jacobs
Chapter and Outreach Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity

Steve Dombrowski
Architect, GGLO; former Architecture for Humanity Chair, Seattle Chapter; Chair, AIA Washington Council Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee

Mary Hennessey
Senior Specialist, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Architecture for Humanity, San Francisco Chapter

Emily Sprague
Project Designer and Researcher, Michael Green Architecture; Project Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity, New York Chapter

Lindsay Brugger
Architectural Intern, BBG-BBGM; Architecture for Humanity, Resilience by Design Co-Chair, DC Chapter