One aim of the DfRR committee is to expand the knowledge base and connections of the members and of all interested in this area. In this section, we will continuously publish information about the speakers at our events – all of them proficient in some aspect of design for resilience.
Lance is as architect, urban designer, educator, author, and world-traveling lecturer. 2014 President of AIANY, he has launched the theme of “Civic Vision / Civic Spirit.” He founded the post 9/11 task force in concern with Illya Azaroff in 2011 into DfRR. He is an ACSA Distinguished Professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Lance has served in the Design Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts and advised the World Trade Center Site 9/11 International Memorial Design Competition. His awards include the national AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education and AIA New York State President’s Award for Excellence in Non-Traditional Architecture. He recently co-edited Beyond Zucotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space and The Legacy Project: Via Verde.
Founder of +LAB architects in Brooklyn, Illya is an Associate Professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), where he teaches architecture and resilient building strategies. He serves on both the AIA NYS Board as Regional Director for YAF Young Architects Forum and AIANY’s board. He has just received the 2014 AIA National Young Architects Award in recognition of his “exceptional leadership” and outstanding work “in an early stage of his career”. He is consulting member of the RCPT – Regional Catastrophic Planning Team and the Housing Recovery Center in NYC, and led the AIA Post-Sandy Initiative. Illya is an instructor in the RAMP Resiliency Adaptation Mitigation and Planning Program at Pratt Institute NDTPC – National Disaster Training Preparedness Center in Hawaii. He founded the AIA Regional Working Group (Pennsylvania to Rhode Island). He is trained in post-disaster damage assessment (SAP) by Cal EMA and has a background in Geography, Visual Art, and Architecture.
Joan is a strategist, writer, and coach who consults solely to design and building professionals. Honorary Member of both AIA National and AIA NYS, she founded Capelin Communications in 1981. She started the AIANY Marketing & PR Committee and has consulted on many AIA initiatives, including the national achievement convention in NYC. Recipient of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Marketing award, she was the youngest chair of the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America. Joan has lectured widely and written articles, chapters, and three books on public relations principles and process. A Wellesley graduated Fulbright Scholar [Paris], she has received the highest honors from SMPS, the PRSA, and PRSA NY [as NYC’s outstanding PR professional]. She became DfRR’s third Co-Chair in 2013.
The following bios come from speakers at DfRR sponsored and supported events. Links to event content can be found below.
Disaster Housing Recovery Plan Manager, NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Ms. Barton spoke at the DfRR event, Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy: Fundraiser & Discussion, on 11/15/12; and the DfRR event, After Disaster: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.
Director, Department of Public Space, City of Zurich
Ms. Bram spoke at the DfRR supported event, UnCommon Ground, on 10/16/12.
Ms. Brown spoke at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event: Trends in Response to Natural Disasters: Adaptation by Design, on 4/22/12.
AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Co-Founder, Architecture Research Office (ARO)
Mr. Cassell spoke at the DfRR event, Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy: Fundraiser & Discussion, on 11/15/12.
Architecture for Humanity’s New York City chapter
Mr. Charney spoke at the DfRR event, After Disaster: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.
Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
Ms. Cohen spoke at the DfRR event, Designing for Risk: Climate Change Adaptation in NYC, on 9/12/12.
Director of the Consultative Council/Presidential Advisor, National Institute of Building Sciences, Staff Director of the Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate
Ryan Colker develops and transmits findings and recommendations to the Administration and Congress on behalf of the entire building community. He is also staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards; and the Sustainable Building Industry Council. Previously, Ryan served as Manager of Government Affairs for ASHRAE, helped form the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus, and was Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. He graduated from George Washington University Law School and is a licensed member of the Maryland Bar; he also holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.
Weidlinger Associates Consulting Engineers
Huston Dawson has been responsible for a variety of protective design projects for the Department of State, the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Private Sector. Mr. Dawson has worked on over a dozen US Embassy projects, multiple Federal Buildings, and dozens of private sector buildings, many related to the renovation of existing facilities. Huston has published a paper on protective design of curtainwalls and the installation of bollards in New York City. He has been involved in developing Finite Element models of custom curtainwalls and anti-ram systems, and spoke at the ASCE Structural Congress 2008 in Vancouver, Canada, and a PCI event in Baltimore, MD.
Senior Vice President, Willis Re Inc.
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor and insurance and reinsurance broker dating to 1828, and operating today on every continent. Willis Re is one of the world’s leading reinsurance advisors, and Candace DeSantes is a Senior Broker. She is involved across a broad spectrum of Property and Casualty accounts and is a member of the Willis Re U.S. Flood Strategic Group. From 2004 to 2006, Candace worked as a consultant in confidential arbitration/litigation proceedings, and from 2001 to 2004 worked for a firm specializing in the recovery of unrealized reinsurance. She had been with Guy Carpenter’s New York Property Treaty Department, and spent four years at Johnson & Higgins. Candace began her career at the Hartford in 1974, after graduating from Vassar College with an A.B. in History.
FAIA, Director of Urban Design Goody Clancy, Boston, MA
Mr. Dixon spoke at the DfRR event, Climate Change: Inevitable Challenges and Potential Opportunities, on 2/17/12.
Project Manager, Snøhetta
Claire currently manages the Times Square Reconstruction project for the design of the new public spaces on Broadway. Since joining Snøhetta in 2008, she has been involved in the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts at Queens University, the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University, the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University, and a pedestrian improvement project for the Corredor Central in Guatemala City. She had previously worked as an environmental consultant on the remediation of soil and water on brownfields sites. A Hartford native, Claire holds an undergraduate degree in Geology from Carleton College. She earned her Masters from the combined Landscape Architecture/Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently a lecturer in the Department of Architecture.
Director, Capital Planning & Project Initiation NYC Department of Transportation
Mr. Flynn spoke at the DfRR supported event, UnCommon Ground, on 10/16/12.
Deputy Director Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning
Mr. Freed spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk– Resilient City, on 10/6/12.
AIA, Principal, Gans Studio and Professor, Architecture School, Pratt Institute
Ms. Gans moderated the DfRR event, After Disaster: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12; and spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk-Resilient City, on 10/6/12.
RA LEED AP
Architect and urban designer, Richard R. Gonzalez, AIA, established his private practice in 2006. He has been a project manager at the Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, studying climate change and sustainable development as part of regional and global initiatives for cities and developing countries, and a senior designer at Davis Brody Bond. He has done Planning and Urban Design research and applications in Mexico, Thailand, South Korea, Haiti, and his native country, the Dominican Republic, as well as community-based projects within Harlem and Washington Heights. He received the Mathew W. Del Gaudio Award for Excellence from The NY Society of Architects. B.Arch.: CCNY School of Architecture & Environmental Studies. Masters in Urban Design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation [and a visiting critic and studio faculty at both].
Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability
Before joining the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability this year, Katherine participated in the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and developed insurance policy under US Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan. Katherine brings additional experience from work with the Boston Consulting Group and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has a Masters of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and a BA from Stanford University. Katherine and her husband, David, are both native to New York where they are now raising their two sons.
Chief, Forestry & Horticulture and Natural Resources Group, NYC Parks Department
Bram joined the Parks Department in 1991 as an Urban Park Ranger and became their Citywide Director. He transferred to the Central Forestry division in 2000 and oversaw creation of the Greenstreets program and its evolution into Green Infrastructure, and the merger with Central Horticulture and the Natural Resources Group. Bram currently creates and executes citywide policy on forestry, horticulture, green infrastructure, and conservation, restoration, and management of ecosystems. Besides his Parks Department responsibilities, Bram is also president of the Natural Areas Conservancy, a new public/private partnership to unify the City’s efforts to conserve, restore, and protect tens of thousands of acres of municipal forests, wetlands, and grasslands. He was part of the management team to oversee Post-Sandy forestry clean-up and put together green infrastructure, living shorelines, and natural areas strategies for addressing climate change and resiliency. Mr. Gunther spoke at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.
AIA, APA, President, Nautilus International Development Consulting
Bonnie A. Harken is president of Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc., which consults government agencies and private businesses about strategies for successful, sustainable urban developments. An internationally-recognized expert in waterfront revitalization, speaking regularly at the UN and publishing widely, she serves on the Mayor’s Waterfront Management Advisory Board and Department of City Planning’s Urban Waterfront Adaptive Strategies Advisory Group. She also co-chairs the AIANY Post-Sandy Initiative’s Waterfront Working Group. Consultant the port Authority for six miles of southwest Brooklyn waterfront [and program manager for two pilot projects, she has also worked with the Nature Conservancy on their Great Rivers Partnership and the World Water Council on the role of water resources in “green growth”. Ms. Harken spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Waterfront, on 4/21/13.
Geophysicist, Urban Environmental Disaster Expert, Columbia University
Mr. Jacob spoke at the DfRR event, Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy: Fundraiser & Discussion, on 11/15/12.
Director, MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative
Mr. Kanda spoke at the DfRR supported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflections on the Japanese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.
Deputy Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs, NYC Rapid Repairs, External Affairs
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Erica took a leave from her position as Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office to directly assist in recovery efforts, and develop NYC’s “Rapid Repairs” program, where she devises strategy and manages communications and external affairs. NYC Rapid Repairs is an unprecedented program to restore temporary heat, power, and hot water in homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. Erica is a graduate of HunterCollege and received her Master of Public Administration Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from ColumbiaUniversity in 2010. Ms. Keberle was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.
David C. Kelly
Assistant Commissioner [Retired], Counterterrorism Bureau, New York Police Department
David C. Kelly began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1991 as a police officer assigned to the 13 Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant , Lieutenant ; and Lieutenant Commander Detective Squad . He has served in the 13, 77 and 114 Precincts, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Employee Management Division, and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matter’s Special Litigation Support Unit. Since 2003, Assistant Commissioner Kelly has been assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau where he serves as assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, and lead supervisor in both the Terrorism Threat Analysis Group and the Threat Reduction/Infrastructure Protection Section. He has worked extensively on security planning for major construction projects around the city, including the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards. In this role he has worked with developers and other public agencies to ensure that safety and security planning addresses terrorism concerns appropriately. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.
Waterfront and Open Spaces, Department of City Planning
Ms. Kimball spoke at the DfRR event, Designing for Risk: Climate Change Adaptation in NYC, on 9/12/12.
Chief Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Mr. Kimmelman moderated the DfRR event, Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy: Fundraiser & Discussion, on 11/15/12.
Design Saves Lives
Ms. Shuko spoke at the DfRR supported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflections on the Japanese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.
President of Prosurance Redeker Group, Ltd
Greg has over 30-years experience working with Architects and Engineers, and is nationally recognized as an expert in this specialized field of insurance. Mr. Kumm is a Honorary member A.I.A., New York State. He was formerly a regional Vice President and manager of the New York office of Victor O. Schinnerer & Co., Inc. V.O. Schinnerer is the Underwriting Manager and Program Administrator of the American Institute of Architects and National Society of Professional Engineers commended Professional Liability Insurance and Loss Prevention Program. Mr. Kumm is a founding member of a/e ProNet, a national network of insurance brokers specializing in insurance and risk management services for Architects and Engineers. Mr. Kumm spoke at AIA NY Building Codes Committee’s event, Post Sandy Construction Building for Insurance and Not for Code, on 4/24/13
Mr. Leon spoke at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event: Trends in Response to Natural Disasters: Adaptation by Design, on 4/22/12.
Jill N. Lerner
FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox Architects
Ms. Lerner spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk– Resilient City, on 10/6/12.
Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory-Columbia University
Dr. Lerner-Lam was the keynote speaker at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event, Trends in Response to Natural Disasters: Adaptation by Design, on 4/22/12.
Mr. Macfarlane spoke at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event: Trends in Response to Natural Disasters: Adaptation by Design, on 4/22/12.
Architecture for Humanity’s New York City Chapter
Ms. Malishewsky spoke at the DfRR event, After Disaster: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.
Principal Urban Designer, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Mr. McKinney spoke at the DfRR supported event, UnCommon Ground, on 10/16/12.
ASLA, LEED AP & Founding Principal, Local Office Landscape Architecture
Urban designer, Walter Meyer founded Local Office Landscape Architecture in 2006 with Harvard classmate Jennifer Bolstad. Their firm has won awards for architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, science, and art, and the partners have been speakers and visiting critics at many universities. Recent built work includes the 2-mile-long Parque del Litoral, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the largest urban beach park in the country designed to protect the city and the sea. After Hurricane Sandy, Meyer and Bolstad started ‘Power Rockaways Resilience, ’ to fundraise and deliver solar generators throughout the Rockaway peninsula. Currently, Local Office is advising the National Parks Service and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation on coastal resiliency in the New YorkHarbor. Mr. Meyer spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Waterfront, on 4/21/13.
Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
Mr. Levan spoke at the DfRR event, Designing for Risk: Climate Change Adaptation in NYC, on 9/12/12.
Associate Urban Designer, Office of the Chief Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning
Thad is currently working as an advisor on long-term planning for the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery. At City Planning, he has worked on a wide variety of projects including Penn Station, East Midtown rezoning, a study of the urban design implications of climate change adaptation, and a playbook for post-disaster housing. Previously he worked at OEM on the “What if New York City” design competition. Last year, Thad worked with DfRR to organize a multi-disciplinary design charrette at the Center for Architecture on design guidelines for higher flood protection. Mr. Pawlowski was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/12; at the DfRR event, After Disaster: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12; and at the DfRR event, Designing for Risk: Climate Change Adaptation in NYC, on 9/12/12.
Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Architectural Record
Mr. Pearson spoke at the DfRR supported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflections on the Japanese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.
Mr. Price spoke at the DfRR supported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflections on the Japanese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.
FAIA, Principal, Rogers Marvel Architects
Mr. Rogers spoke at the DfRR event, Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy: Fundraiser & Discussion, on 11/15/12.
Heather Roiter Damiano
Transportation and Infrastructure Unit, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Ms. Roiter Damiano spoke at the DfRR event, After Disaster: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.
Anthony C. Romeo
AIA, Parks Program Director, New York City Department of Design + Construction
Anthony spent 15 years in private practice specializing in healthcare architecture. As Director of Capital Projects for the Queens Public Library, he renovated nearly 40 libraries and built 5 new buildings under the NYC Design Excellence Program. In his current position with DDC, he is responsible Parks buildings throughout New York City. Post-Sandy, he leads the DDC effort along with the Parks Department to restore our city’s beaches. Author of several published critiques, he is an adjunct professor at City Tech [CUNY], teaching architectural history and building technology. Mr. Romeo spoke at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13; and the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Waterfront, on 4/21/13.
James S. Russell
FAIA, Architectural Critic and Author
James Russell is the architecture critic for Bloomberg News, which reaches 260, 000 professionals and 350 publications worldwide. His writing also appears in Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Bloomberg Muse website, and he has been a guest on Bloomberg radio and TV. His book, The Agile City: Building Well Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change, was published by Island Press in 2011. For 18 years he was an editor at Architectural Record. He is an adjunct professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York. He is a registered architect. Mr. Russell spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Waterfront, on 4/21/13; and at the DfRR event, Climate Change: Inevitable Challenges and Potential Opportunities, on 2/17/12.
FAIA, LEED AP, Dean Sakamoto Architects LLC, Urban Resilience Lab, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Dean is a practicing architect and educator whose firm, Dean Sakamoto Architects LLC, has received numerous awards, including the AIA Honolulu Award of Excellence. Dean served on the faculty of the Yale School of Architecture from 1998–2011, and is now at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, where he leads the Urban Resilience Lab. He is the lead developer of HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities, a DHS FEMA-funded professional training course for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. Mr. Sakamoto was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.
Jeanne Marie Salvatore
Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Insurance Information Institute
Jeanne Salvatore has appeared often on radio, TV, and in print as a spokesperson for insurance-related issues that directly affect consumers, both individual and commercial. She serves as the insurance industry’s liaison to numerous consumer, education, safety, and community-based organizations, including the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumers League, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. Jeanne holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University and an M.A. in Communications from Columbia University. She is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate schools of Mass Communications at both Iona College and Columbia University.
Assoc. Professor of Landscape Architecture, CCNY/CUNY and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio
Ms. Seavitt spoke at the DfRR supported event, UnCommon Ground, on 10/16/12.
FAICP, Hon. AIA NYS, Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning, Pratt Center for Community Development
Ron is a city planner with close to 50 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development assistance to community-based groups in low– and moderate-income neighborhoods. In 1964, he co-founded the PrattInstituteCenter for Community and Environmental Development [PICCED] and served as Director until 2003. Ron is now a full-time faculty member in the GraduateCenter for Planning and the Environment at the Pratt School of Architecture. He recently received two prestigious awards: Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Planning Association’s National Planning Pioneer Award. Author as well as a tenured professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, he chaired Pratt’s Department of City and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1999. He served on the Planning Commission from 1990–1996. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, Ron worked with Tulane and CornellUniversities to organize planning professionals and educators and is presently organizing Pratt Institute School of Architecture’s coordinated effort to assist in the rebuilding effort after Sandy entitled “Rebuild, Adapt, Mitigate and Plan” [RAMP]. Mr. Shiffman was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.
Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning
Mr. Slatkin moderated the DfRR event, Designing for Risk: Climate Change Adaptation in NYC, on 9/12/12.
Senior Associate at Dewberry Consultants LLC
John has over 14 years of post-disaster damage assessment and hazard mitigation experience. He worked for the FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team following Hurricanes Sandy, Charley (2005) and Isaac (2012), and led a team to assess flood impacts on structures and building materials in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He has provided assistance in developing and updating several FEMA policy and technical documents, has developed course materials and served as an instructor for courses at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, and has been an instructor numerous field training workshops and seminars for Substantial Damage estimation, structural flood-proofing, NFIP technical bulletins, coastal construction, protecting manufactured homes from flooding, and Benefit-Cost Analysis. Mr. Squerciati was a speaker at the DfRR supported event, FEMA’s Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team: Critical Facility Observations and Lessons Learned, on 3/5/13.
Tumugiya. Mr. Suzuki spoke at the DfRR supported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflections on the Japanese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.
AIA, Architecture for Humanity, Pratt Institute
Mr. Takiura spoke at the DfRR supported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflections on the Japanese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.
Senior Principal, DVS
Jeff Venter has over 37 years of security criteria and systems design experience in commercial, federal, cultural, and high risk facilities. He has done the security designs for 20 courthouses, the post‐Oklahoma bombing GSA security criteria, and the nationwide Federal Protective Service Mega‐Center project that monitors over 9,000 federal buildings. He develops threat and risk assessments and operational and technical security programs. He oversees the development of product specifications responsive to architectural designs, finishes, and aesthetic vocabulary, and provides support to project architectural teams for forced entry, ballistic, explosive event, arson, and chemical, biological, and radiological [CBR] protection. His approach addresses concerns for privacy, asset protection, and personal safety, as well as the need to minimize inconvenience and the importance of transparent, user-friendly designs.
FAIA, CIP. Architect, Planner, Educator, and Author
Mr. Watson spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk– Resilient City, on 10/6/12.
Claire D Weisz
FAIA, Founding Principal of WXY with Mark Yoes, also co-founded The Design Trust for Public Space
She is on the faculty of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. In 2011 the Architectural League selected WXY as “Emerging Voices”. WXY’s commitment to design innovation has earned numerous awards, including top honor awards from The Waterfront Center and the AIA. Their recent waterfront-related work includes The East River Blueway Plan, Far Rockaway Park, the Spring Street Sanitation Garage, Transmitter Park and Pier, Pier 26’s Boathouse/Restaurant, The Battery’s Seaglass, and the latest study for Pier 40. She co-authored with DfRR member, Deborah Gans, FAIA, their AD architecture design book, Extreme Sites: The Greening of Brownfield Ms. Weisz spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Waterfront, on 4/21/13
Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Ms. White spoke at the DfRR supported event, UnCommon Ground, on 10/16/12.
RLA, LEED AP, Immediate Past President, New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Denisha is Registered Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist. Through ASLA-NY and the AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee [DfRR], she has taken a leadership role in bringing scientific and technical experts into professional training sessions and in promoting dialogue among multi-disciplinary professionals to address critical current issues, including climate change and resilient design. She is also principal of the newly formed Being Here Landscape Architecture Environmental Design, PLLC. Denisha also teaches Environmental Design as an Adjunct Professor at FordhamUniversity. Ms. Williams moderated DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recovery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13; and spoke at the DfRR supported event, UnCommon Ground, on 10/16/12.
Founder, Building Green, Inc. and Executive Editor, Environmental Building News & GreenSpec
Alex has been at the forefront of green building and renewable energy for over three decades. Alex served on the board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council for five years and was a founding member of the USGBC Research Committee. Alex was recently invited to serve on the new Building Resiliency Task Force which was created at the request of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg and is being facilitated by Urban Green for the City of New York. Mr. Wilson was a featured speaker at the DfRR supported event, Green Drinks NYC, Resilient Design: The New Imperative, on 1/22/13.
Roy E. Wright
Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, FEMA
Roy Wright is responsible for risk analysis and reduction programs under FEMA’s Stafford Act authorities and the National Flood Insurance Program. He led development of the National Mitigation Framework, part of Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8), which lays out the core capabilities and strategies required for risk assessment and disaster resilience in critical infrastructure, public health, community planning, and future land use. Roy served as the Program Executive for Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment, and Planning) that delivers quality data and increases public awareness to reduce risk. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University, was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and was in the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Director of Resiliency for the City of New York
Daniel Zarrilli is the Director of Resiliency for the City of New York. Mayor Bloomberg appointed him to this newly-created position in June 2013 to lead the implementation of the City’s PlaNYC resiliency report: A Stronger, More Resilient New York. Until June 2013, he served on the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, leading the City’s efforts to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the five boroughs. In a previous role, he was the senior vice president for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), responsible for maritime assets and operations, including the City’s two cruise terminals and numerous other transportation and waterfront assets. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Dan spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corp. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of NY and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.