Committee Member Biographical Sketches
Steve Moddemeyer (Chair)
Steve Moddemeyer is a principal of CollinsWoerman with more than 30 years’ experience leading governments, land owners, and project teams toward 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, Engineering, and Medicine’s 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, Mr. Moddemeyer 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 Todd 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 to 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 U.S. 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 inequitable and disproportionate pattern of disaster loss and recovery across communities.
Erick C. Jones Sr.
Erick C. Jones, Sr., is a George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor in Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a noted engineer, researcher, and leader whose career has spanned industry, government, and academia.
He joined the U.S. State Department as a senior advisor (expert) in the Office of the Chief Economist through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Jefferson Science Fellowship, focusing on resilient supply chains. His industry background spanned working as an engineer to an executive at Fortune 500 companies leading projects including ERP (enterprise resource planning) 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, more than 200 publications, 17 Ph.D.’s (7 from underrepresented groups), funding from national agencies including NASA, the Department of Transportation, and the National Science Foundation (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’ leadership and administrative activities include leading government-funded public/private multi-university research centers, funding large-scale programs at the NSF 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 alum 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 American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Elena Marie 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, nonprofits, policy makers, 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 Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Program 2021 Cohort, and a science advisor to the American Resilience Project. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, where her research focused on optimizing energy storage in renewable systems, and she holds an A.B. in physics and astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University.
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 World Trade Center (WTC) towers and WTC 7 for the NIST WTC Investigation, conducted reliability studies of levee systems for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following Hurricane Katrina flooding in New Orleans, and evaluated Hurricane Sandy flood effects on infrastructure systems as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Mitigation Assessment Team. She recently was recognized with the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers (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 Structural Engineering Institute seven 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 Structural Committee. She is an advisory panel member for the National Institute of Building Sciences, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Housing and Urban Development resilience activities. She has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in civil/structural engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. in civil/ocean engineering from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in ocean engineering from Florida Atlantic University.
Adam Z. Rose
Adam Rose is a research professor in the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy, and senior research fellow in USC’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Threats and Emergencies (CREATE). He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. Professor Rose’s primary research interest is the economics of disasters. He has spearheaded the development of CREATE’s comprehensive economic consequence analysis framework and has done pioneering research on resilience at the level of the individual business/household, market/industry, and regional/national economy. He is currently the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant on advanced computational methods to improve reliability and resilience of interdependent systems and a contract with the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute to measure the cost-effectiveness of individual resilience tactics. Dr. Rose is the author of several books and more than 250 refereed professional papers. He has served as the American Economic Association representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences Multi-hazard Mitigation Council. He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including, among others, the Distinguished Research Award from the International Society for Integrated Risk Management, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, East-West Center Fellowship, American Planning Association Outstanding Program Planning Honor Award, and Applied Technology Council Outstanding Achievement Award. He is also an elected fellow of the Regional Science Association International. Dr. Rose has served on the National Academy of Sciences panels on Earthquake Resilience and Seismic Warning.
Stacy Swann is the CEO and founding partner of Climate Finance Advisors, a benefit LLC based in Washington, D.C., with expertise in banking, development finance, and climate change. During her career, Ms. Swann has held senior positions with the International Finance Corporation, as well as with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Enron Corporation, and other organizations. For more than 25 years, she has worked with investors, financial institutions, and policy makers on mainstreaming climate considerations across both investment and policy and has particular expertise in blended finance, climate finance, climate-smart fiscal policies, and approaches to identify, assess, and manage climate risk.
In addition to leading Climate Finance Advisors, Ms. Swann is currently the chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Chair’s Council on Climate Change, a subcommittee of its Advisory Board. She also sits on the Board for the Montgomery County Green Bank, the United States’ first county-level green bank and is chair of its Investment Committee. She is a member of the Steering Committee/Board of the Global Water Partnership, a global action network of more than 3,000 partner bodies in 179 countries focused on building sustainable water systems globally. Ms. Swann holds an M.B.A. in finance and development economics from American University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from City University of New York–Hunter College.