Leadership

The inaugural Alliance Steering Committee, shown below, was selected by the nine-member Writing Team that prepared the Program Plan, augmented with an additional eight individuals representing private industry, emergency management, forecast operations, and the media. Some 60 applications and nominations were received based upon a national call for participation.

The selection process emphasized a committee comprising a broad cross-section of knowledge domains/sectors, disciplines, time in service, perspectives, geographic locations, gender, race and ethnicity, organization type, and background/experience, including students. Additional factors entering the decision were candidates’ ability to meet the demanding time requirements, demonstrated breadth in thought and vision, collaborative/team mindset, effectiveness in communication, and openness to considering multiple points of view. As noted in the Program Plan, Steering Committee members serve a three-year term (renewable once, followed by a required hiatus). Thus, one-third of the Committee will rotate each year (apart from members who are chosen to continue), and a call for nominations and applications will be issued yearly.

Inaugural Steering Committee
Name Institution Title General Expertise
Dennis Wenger (Chair) National Science Foundation (NSF), Retired Former Program Director, Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events, National Science Foundation Multidisciplinary research on hazards and disasters, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery related to natural and technological extreme events
Joe Trainor (Vice Chair) University of Delaware Director, Disaster Science and Management Program Sociology of disasters
Kyle Beatty Verisk Analytics Senior Vice President, Verisk Insurance Solutions Insurance, risk, weather and climate
Vankita Brown National Weather Service HQ, Office of the Chief Operating Officer Social Scientist, Office of the Chief Operating Officer NOAA and NWS social science efforts, service assessments, risk and vulnerability
Rob Dale Ingham County Emergency Management Regional Planner / Meteorologist Emergency management 
Julie Demuth National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Project Scientist Risk communication
Chris Emrich University of Central Florida Associate Professor, Boardman Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration Hazards and vulnerability research
Travis Farncombe Another Design Experiment and ImpactWx President Weather, philanthropy, social impacts
Greg Guibert City of Boulder Chief Resiliency Officer Town and city sustainability, resilience, and vulnerability assessments
William Hooke American Meteorological Society Associate Executive Director Hazards, policy
Rebecca Jennings Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Meteorologist Emergency management, disaster response, hurricanes
Susan Joslyn University of Washington Professor of Psychology Cognitive psychology, decision making and communicating uncertainty information
Kim Klockow Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Stuidies Research Scientist Weather disaster policy, human geography
Scott Knowles Drexel University  Department Head and Associate Professor History of technology, disasters, public policy
Lans Rothfusz NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory Deputy Director Operational meteorology, meteorological forecast and warning tools, new technology infusion
Krista Rouse The Weather Company, an IBM Business Director, Analytics, Research and Usability Testing Technology, data analytics, research and product testing
Roxane Silver University of California, Irvine Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, Public Health, and Medicine Coping with stressful life events, including large community traumas (e.g., natural and man-made disasters)
Kevin Simmons Austin College Professor of Economics Economics of natural hazards
James Spann ABC TV 33/40 Meteorologist Media, public perception, meteorology
Jennifer Spinney University of Western Ontario Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology Cultural anthropology, Environment Canada forecaster and public challenges with flooding and flash flooding
Taylor Trogdon National Hurricane Center Technology and Science Branch Hurricane surge modeling, operational forecasting, social media
Castle Williams University of Georgia Doctoral Candidate Weather communications
Map showing the home location of each Steering Committee member
Locations of the Alliance Steering Committee participants.