Scaling Up Local Experience to Achieve National Resilience

Local communities are on the frontlines of flooding, where they learn firsthand about best practices, cutting-edge topics, and common challenges. Yet too often, state and national conversations on adaptation are not grounded in local perspectives. AFC’s member engagement, including deep pilot projects and scalable member resources, bridges local experiences with the national conversation. In this session, AFC team members will discuss their deep pilot projects in Charleston, SC; Sunny Isles Beach, FL; and Surfside, FL as well as two educational resources for communities: a Dual Disaster Handbook for local leaders responding to flooding during COVID-19 and a guide to federal funding opportunities for small cities.

 

Moderator:

Emily Mediate

Chief of Staff

American Flood Coalition

Emmie is the American Flood Coalition’s Chief of Staff. She works closely with the Executive Director to prioritize decisions and develop strategy, and she collaborates with leaders across the organization to support the coalition’s mission of advocating for national solutions to flooding and rising sea levels.
Prior to her current role, Emmie worked in public health as the Director of the Office of the President at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also served as an International Development Research Fellow on a USAID-funded project for vulnerable households in Uganda and has worked for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, the Baltimore City Health Department, and the U.S. State Department’s Office of East African Affairs.

Emmie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Health Studies and Africana Studies. She also holds Master’s degrees in Global Governance and Public Policy from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

 

Panelists:

Summer Modelfino

Strategy Associate

American Flood Coalition

 

Summer is the American Flood Coalition’s Senior Strategy Associate. She develops partnerships and outreach strategy, supports our coalition members, and prepares research about the impacts of flooding and sea level rise for specific groups and communities.

Prior to working at the American Flood Coalition, Summer was a Senior Consultant at the management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. While there, she worked primarily in the Financial Services practice, assisting investment banks, retail banks, and asset managers with strategic risk and operations initiatives.

Summer holds a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in Government from Dartmouth College.

 

Caroline Resor

Strategy Associate

American Flood Coalition

 

Caroline is the American Flood Coalition’s Strategy Associate. She develops partnerships and outreach strategy and prepares research about the impacts of flooding and sea level rise for specific groups and communities.

Prior to working at the American Flood Coalition, Caroline worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on a machine learning flood model for Ellicott City, Maryland, as part of the NASA DEVELOP program. Before NASA, Caroline was a Senior Analyst at Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI), a sustainable infrastructure investor based in Annapolis, Maryland. She worked with banks and wind and solar energy companies to manage risk on project finance investments.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.