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.