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“Rebuilding Resilient Transportation Community Lifelines Today”

Patricia Bye, Independent Consultant

Patricia Bye is a management consultant with more than 30 years of strategic planning experience and a broad technical and management background that includes more than 14 years of experience consulting to federal, state, and local transportation agencies. She has established herself as a national expert on security, critical infrastructure protection, emergency management and resilience. She has supported the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA and the US Department of Transportation on security, critical infrastructure protection, and resilience. Ms. Bye has been a principal investigator/assistant principal investigator on numerous transportation studies including research for the Transportation Research Board, AASHTO, Federal Transit Agency and the Federal Highway Administration.

Karl Kim, Ph.D, Professor, Dept of Urban + Regional Planning, Director, Disaster Mgmt & Humanitarian Assistance Program, Exec. Director, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, University of Hawaii

Karl Kim is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Director of the graduate program in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. He studies transportation, cities, and resilience. He was educated at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a Fulbright scholar to Korea and the Russian Far East.  Previously, he served as the Chief Academic Officer (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) overseeing tenure and promotion, strategic planning, and program review for the Manoa campus. He is currently Executive Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (, authorized by the U.S. Congress to develop and deliver FEMA certified training courses for underserved, at-risk communities on natural hazards, mitigation, and urban planning. The Center has trained more than 70,000 first responders, emergency managers, and leaders in over 400 communities across the world. Dr. Kim has also previously served as Chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (  He is Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Elsevier) and Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part D (Environment) and is editing a 10-volume series on disaster risk reduction and resilience (Routledge). He has also developed and led research and training programs in Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Deb Matherly, AICP, Director, Matherly Inclusive Resilient Transportation Associates, LLC (MIRTA LLC)

Deborah Matherly is the Director of MIRTA, LLC, which she founded in 2019. Based in Lexington, South Carolina, MIRTA builds on Ms. Matherly’s more than four decades in transportation, supporting many TRB, FHWA, state, local and private sector projects. For the past twenty years, she has led research and practical applications focused on transportation that is multimodal, equitable, and resilient, for emergencies and every day. She currently leads three separate TRB projects within this nexus — one centered on transit equity, two on DOT emergency management — capping her leadership of nine TRB projects over the past 14 years.


“Infrastructure and Workforce Development for a Secure America”

Jason Krause, Associate Director, Operations and Plans National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy of Counter Terrorist Education Louisiana State University

Mr. Jason Krause has been with LSU NCBRT/ACE for 20 years. Mr. Krause is responsible for directing the delivery of LSU NCBRT’s DHS/FEMA programs. Additionally, he is the principle investigator for LSU NCBRT international programs. Mr. Krause previously served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Krause holds a Master of Arts in National Security Studies and Terrorism


“Equitable Climate Resilience Tools and Resources for U.S. Local Governments“

Curtis Brown, Co-Founder,  Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) & Fmr. State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Curtis Brown has homeland security and emergency management experience at the federal, state, and local levels. He most recently served as the State Coordinator (Director) of Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) leading the agency during its most active period in its history. Previously, Curtis served as, Chief Deputy State Coordinator, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Regional Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Throughout his career, Curtis has been a leader for promoting diversity and implementing inclusive and equitable emergency management policies. In 2019, he co-founded the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) a non-profit organization dedicated to diversify the field of emergency management and promote the application of equitable practices to improve disaster outcomes and build community resilience for the most vulnerable communities.

He serves on the Equitable Climate Resilience Advisory Panel for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and FEMA’s Mitigation Framework Leadership Group.

Andreanecia Morris, Executive Director, HousingNOLA

Andreanecia M. Morris serves as the Executive Director for HousingNOLA, a 10-year public private partnership working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. Morris has spent her career working to create affordable housing in Metro New Orleans. Post Katrina, she has either directly implemented or advocated for programs that created 500 first time homebuyers, disbursed $104.5 million soft second subsidy for Metro New Orleans and provided supportive services for approximately 5,000 households—homeowners who were struggling to rebuild and renters who required wrap around services. Morris was lead organizer for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) when it started in 2007 as a loose coalition of community development nonprofits and, since its incorporation in 2012, Morris has served as GNOHA’s President. She also is the chair for HousingLOUISIANA Alliance Network and is a member of the Federal Reserve Community Advisory Committee, Prosperity NOW Community Steering Committee, Capital One Community Advisory Committee, Finance Authority of New Orleans’ Board of Trustees, and the American Heart Association Multicultural Leadership Committee. Morris also serves a board member for Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Propeller and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Patrick Howell, Program Manager,  IBTS

Patrick Howell is a program manager for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), where he leads efforts to develop and implement state and local strategies for resilience to natural and man-made hazards. Working with the IBTS Board of Directors, represented by the National Governors Association, National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association, Howell troubleshoots resilience concerns raised by communities across North America and the Caribbean. He is the leader of IBTS’ Community Resilience Assessment Framework and Tools, working with pre-and post-disaster communities to identify their greatest vulnerabilities and build actionable resilience plans.  Most recently, he has led a nation-wide study exploring obstacles and opportunities that local governments face in addressing social equity and climate resilience and developing tools to assist the public sector better address this complex intersection.



“The 3 Easy, Proven Steps to Prepare Any Vulnerable Community for Today’s Disasters”

Patrick Hardy, LL.M., CEM, CBCP, CEO, Hytrophy Disaster Management

Patrick Hardy is founder and CEO of Hytropy Disaster Management™, the largest full-service disaster management company in the US. A Certified Emergency Manager®, Certified Risk Manager® and a FEMA Master of Exercise® he has extensive experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors in disaster management. He has designed custom disaster plans for vulnerable communities around the world, and even launched the first all-hazards disaster plan for native communities in Alaska. His mobile app, Disaster Hawk™, is the first disaster preparedness app specifically designed for vulnerable communities of all types.



“Using Green Infrastructure to Create Resilient Communities“

Karen Firehock, AICP, Executive Director, Green Infrastructure Center

Ms. Firehock co-founded the national Green Infrastructure Center Inc. in 2007. The center maps, models and creates strategies to conserve or restore natural resources in both wild and urban landscapes.  She has directed 50 green infrastructure planning projects, many of which focus on resiliency.  Her national book, Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-scale Approach describes how to craft a green infrastructure plan, and her most recent book Green Infrastructure: Map and Plan the Natural World in GIS details the steps to model natural resources for large landscapes. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from UMD and a M.P. Urban and Environmental Planning from UVA. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. She is also Chair of the Albemarle County Planning Commission.


“Sustainability: The Importance of Sustainability and Resilience in Insurance and Risk“

David Edsey, Climate Director, Technical Underwriting, Zurich North America

David Edsey is Zurich North America’s Climate Director, responsible for identifying and developing insurance products and service solutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation and providing thought leadership on climate change risk, mitigation and resiliency strategies.  David has been with Zurich for 14 years, recently as Product Manager on the Property Technical Underwriting Team and prior to that as Senior Coverage Counsel with ZNA’s Claims Legal group.  Prior to joining Zurich, David worked for over a dozen years as a litigator and coverage counsel at several Chicago area law firms representing the insurance industry.

Lindene Patton, Chief Operating Officer, divirod

Lindene is an experienced financial services executive, a licensed and practicing attorney and a licensed real estate agent who knows that people need more hyper-local data and insights to make solid risk management decisions and improve their resilience to extreme weather. Lindene served as the Global Head, Hazard Product Development for Corelogic, the Chief Climate Change Product & Risk Officer for Zurich Insurance Group and a partner in a boutique tech and environment law firm. She has had multiple appointments to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the International Energy Agency; and several US Federal Advisory Committees. She has also testified in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on matters of extreme weather resilience, environmental, economic and financial risk.

Roy Wright, President & CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Roy Wright joined IBHS in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in insurance, risk management, mitigation, and resilience planning. Convinced that the continuing cycle of human suffering that strikes families and communities in the wake of severe weather can be broken, Roy leads a team of scientists and risk communicators who deliver strategies to build safer and stronger homes and businesses. IBHS’ real-world impact enables the insurance industry and affected property owners to prevent avoidable losses. Roy joined IBHS from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he served as the Chief Executive of the National Flood Insurance Program, led the agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, and directed the resilience programs addressing earthquake, fire, flood, and wind risks.


“Emergency Management in the 22nd Century: The Changing Nature and Needs of the Emergency Management”

Bob Greenberg, CEO & Founder, G&H International Services

Bob Greenberg has been working with federal, state and local governments to support the emergency management and  first responder community for more than three decades. His focus has been on creating and implementing strategies and programs and  developing and implementing technical solutions to enhance community resilience. In this capacity Mr. Greenberg helped develop and lead National SAFECOM program to improve communications interoperability and the national Virtual USA emergency management information sharing initiative.  He has served as a Trusted Advisor to many

Brian Hastings, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

After 27 years in the USAF, Brian joined Governor Ivey’s Cabinet as the Director of AEMA in Sep 2017 retiring as the Vice Chancellor of Officer Education and President of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. He has led AEMA through 13 Presidential Major Disaster Declarations advocating for more resilience investments prior to disasters. Brian was recently appointed to FEMA’s National Advisory Committee and serves as a member of the Climate Subcommittee.  Brian is active in leadership roles in emergency management associations as a Board Member and Homeland Security Committee Chair with NEMA, as well as a member of the Diversity & Equity and Legislative Committees. In 2018 Brian was inducted into the Inaugural Harvard NPLI Meta-Leadership Project Hall of Fame, and in 2019 was awarded a grant to take part in Her Majesty’s inaugural US Resilience Mission to the UK.

David Ihrie, CTO, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)

Mr. Ihrie has over 40 years industry experience as a direct innovator in the fields of satellite and terrestrial communication, computing, and information science, and has been a principal in seven startup companies. In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Mr. Ihrie has helped build four national scale business accelerators for the Intelligence Community, for DHS, and in the areas of cybersecurity and smart cities. Currently he is leading the Virginia Strategic Initiatives portfolio including Smart Communities initiatives, the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at VIPC and the SCITI Labs program with DHS Science & Technology focused on public safety capabilities.

Kyle Overly, Advisory Specialist Master, Deloitte

Dr. Kyle Overly is an accomplished emergency management practitioner and educator. He has held many roles throughout his career, including serving as the Director of Disaster Risk Reduction with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management. In 2022 he left public service to join the Crisis & Resilience team at Deloitte. He has traveled internationally to provide emergency management services and to engage in speaking events. He has responded to major disasters including Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, the Baltimore City civil unrest, Ellicott City flash flooding (2016 and 2018), and the COVID-19 global pandemic. He is also an educator, with over 10 years of teaching experience, primarily at the University of Maryland Global Campus. He holds a Doctor of Public Administration from West Chester University and a Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy and the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Naval Postgraduate School.


“Cyber Attack Simulation: We’ve Been Hacked! Now What?”

John Farley, CIPP/US, Managing Director, Cyber Practice, AJG

John leads Gallagher’s Cyber Practice in the US and works closely with our teams in across the world in our Global Cyber Practice. He provides thought leadership on a variety of cyber risk management best practices. He assists clients across all industries in navigating the dynamic cyber insurance markets as a means to cyber risk transfer while providing guidance on emerging regulatory risk, cyberattack techniques, cyber risk prevention and data breach cost mitigation strategies.

Jennifer Coughlin, Partner, Founding Partner, Mullin Coughlin LLC

Jennifer Coughlin is a founding partner of Mullen Coughlin. She focuses her practice solely on providing organizations of all sizes and from every industry sector in first-party breach response and third-party privacy defense legal services. Ms. Coughlin has counseled hundreds of clients in investigating and responding to an event compromising information and systems security, working closely with client resources, third-party forensic consulting experts, and law enforcement to identify the nature and scope of a compromise.  Ms. Coughlin relies on her knowledge of state, federal, and international laws, as well as industry-specific guidances and standards to assist organizations in identifying and complying with legal obligations to disclose the incident to certain audiences and provide certain services to impacted populations.


“The Emergency Manager’s Role Managing Cyber Risk and Building the Resilient Enterprise”

Carolyn J. Harshman, MPA, CEM, President, International Association of Emergency Managers – USA Council

Ms. Harshman, a Certified Emergency Manager® with more than 30 years of experience in the field, is the president of Emergency Planning Consultants based in San Diego, California. Plans, training, and exercises services are provided to a range of government entities. EPC specializes in hazard mitigation planning. Like many others, Carolyn entered the field of emergency management as a second career. Her first career was a professional land use planner for the City of San Diego and County of San Diego with a range of duties including subdivisions, development permits, zoning ordinance revisions, community planning, and redevelopment projects. Thanks to a random temporary assignment with the County of San Diego to update its Emergency Operations Plan, Ms. Harshman found a new career in emergency management.

Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector, Marsh McLennan, Former FEMA Deputy Administrator

Daniel Kaniewski is Managing Director, Public Sector, Marsh McLennan Advantage. In this role he leads enterprise-wide initiatives that deliver breakthrough perspectives and innovative solutions for public sector challenges. Prior to joining Marsh McLennan in February 2020, Dr. Kaniewski was Deputy Administrator for Resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this role he was FEMA’s second ranking official and led the agency’s pre-disaster programs. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 14, 2017. He was also Chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) High Level Risk Forum, comprised of risk managers from the 36 OECD member nations.

Jeff McLeod, Specialist Leader, Cyber and Strategic Risk, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jeff is a specialist leader in Deloitte’s Cyber and Strategic Risk practice where he advises public sector clients on cyber emergency management, crisis response, and strategic risk. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jeff served as director of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Division where he supported governors and their senior advisors—including cabinet secretaries, legal counsel, and policy staff—in developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to enterprise-wide security and safety challenges. At NGA, he also directed the bipartisan membership association of governors’ homeland security advisors—the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council. He has served on the boards of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee, and Cure Violence, and he has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies. His writing has been published in the University of Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, as well as The Hill, Government Technology, and other media outlets. Each fall, Jeff teaches a course on federalism at Georgetown Law School.

Brad Singletary, CISSP, Senior Manager, Cyber Risk, Power, and Utilities

Brad is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Cyber and Strategic Risk practice advising Energy, Resources, and Industrial clients.  Brad has over 20 years in technology and innovation, 14 focused on utility cyber security planning, construction and operations in utility Information and operational technology.  Brad has a career focus on cyber critical infrastructure for power, utilities, and renewables clients in the public and private sectors spanning Nuclear, Dams, Water, and Electric Power Reliability.  Brad has served multiple clients as a CISO advisor and Cyber Internal Audit advisor while at Deloitte.  Brad brings a practical perspective on cyber resiliency and cyber emergency preparedness, having helped clients prepare, avoid and recover from various cyber threats to their business and critical infrastructure.

Pam Williams, Assistant Administrator, Grants Program, FEMA

Pamela Williams serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Grant Programs Directorate.

Pamela Williams previously served as IEM’s Director of Mitigation and Resilience. Ms. Williams also served as the Executive Director of the BuildStrong Coalition, a group of firefighters, emergency responders, insurers, engineers, architects, contractors and manufacturers, as well as consumer organizations, code specialists and many others committed to building a more resilient nation. Ms. Williams also served on the National Advisory Council for the FEMA in the Standards Setting & Accrediting position.

Prior to joining BuildStrong, she served as Counsel for the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management and has more than 20 years of federal agency and congressional experience. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Ms. Williams advised the Committee and Congressional leadership on Emergency Management, FEMA, the Stafford Act and disaster-related matters. Most notable, she was the principal drafter and successfully led negotiations with multiple committees, House leadership, the Senate, and the Administration, culminating in enactment of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, P.L. 115-254.