Melissa Umberger

Melis­sa Umberg­er joined NYC Emer­gency Man­age­ment (NYCEM) in 2013 to sup­port the devel­op­ment of the 2014 Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion Plan (HMP), includ­ing coor­di­nat­ing 40+ agen­cies’ mit­i­ga­tion projects and devel­op­ing haz­ard risk pro­files. She sub­se­quent­ly led the devel­op­ment of NYC’s Risk Land­scape: A Guide to Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion and also worked close­ly with NYCEM Exter­nal Affairs to cre­ate a mit­i­ga­tion guide for the homeowner/renter. As Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion Project Man­ag­er, Melis­sa devel­ops recov­ery pro­to­cols and tools, incor­po­rates mit­i­ga­tion into emer­gency plans, and facil­i­tates par­tic­i­pa­tion in May­oral ini­tia­tives regard­ing resilien­cy. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Melis­sa worked for the Gowanus Brown­field Oppor­tu­ni­ty Area (BOA) project and assist­ed the Region­al Plan Asso­ci­a­tion (RPA) with map­ping Hur­ri­cane Sandy’s impact. She holds a Master’s degree in urban plan­ning & his­toric preser­va­tion from Pratt and a Bachelor’s degree in anthro­pol­o­gy from Geor­gia State. Melis­sa also teach­es a labor and econ­o­my course to union work­ers at SUNY Empire State.