Since 1980, the U.S. has spent nearly $900 billion on disaster recovery after weather-related events. The process put in place for state and local officials for post-disaster recovery can often be difficult, even if put in place with good intentions. State and local officials grapple with federal rules on funding that can be frustrating and difficult to navigate.
How do governments cut through the red tape so money is sent to affected towns and cities as quickly as possible? How do communities rebuild in a smart way in order to strengthen their resilience to future natural disasters? And what is the role of the federal government in those efforts? How can the federal government improve long-term recovery efforts?
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John R. Boulé II
Colonel John R. Boulé II assumed command of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in July 2009. The New York District is responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, navigation, and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State, including the New York Harbor and Long Island, and parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The District is also responsible for design and construction at Army and Air Force installations in New Jersey, New York, Virginia and overseas in Greenland. Colonel Boulé also holds the title of Supervisor of New York Harbor. Colonel Boulé, originally from Plattsburgh New York, graduated in 1986 from the United States Military Academy, at West Point, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After earning two Masters of Science degrees from Stanford University and Professional Engineer certification, he taught Hydrology in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy. Colonel Boulé served in a variety of operational, command and staff assignments in the United States and overseas. His most recent assignment was Assistant Director of Civil Works at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., where he performed numerous duties until attending senior service college at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where he earned a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy as a distinguished graduate in June 2009.
His previous assignments include serving with the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, in Furth, Germany. As a captain, he volunteered for service in Operation Desert Storm with the 27th Engineer Battalion. He then served as a staff officer and company commander with the 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, deploying his unit to south Florida and Somalia in support of Operation Hurricane Andrew Relief and Operation Restore Hope. After company command, Colonel Boulé performed duties as a Division Plans Officer.
As a major, he also served as the Battalion Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment. After graduating with distinction from the Naval Command and Staff College, Colonel Boulé relocated to Korea, serving as a Battalion Executive Officer for the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Following this tour, he was assigned to the Pentagon on Army Staff, serving in the G-8, with specific duties managing Current Force Modernization and Setting the Force operations. In June 2004, Colonel Boulé assumed command of the 62nd
Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. Beginning in Dec 2005, Colonel Boulé led the battalion on a one-year deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of the 4th Infantry Division.
Colonel Boulé’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, six awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, and the Combat Action Badge.
Timothy W. Manning was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Administrator of FEMA for Protection and National Preparedness in May of 2009. Working with partners at all levels of government, the private sector, and community organizations across the country, and though the coordination of FEMA’s preparedness, prevention, and protection initiatives, Mr. Manning is responsible for the federal government’s efforts toward building whole community based resilience.
Matt A. Mayer serves in the capacity of COO of the Liberty Foundation. He also serves as the President of Opportunity Ohio, a free market think tank in Ohio, and as a Visiting Fellow with The Heritage Foundation, where he researches, writes and speaks on national security and federalism issues.
Mayer is the author of Taxpayers Don’t Stand a Chance: Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What to To About It) and Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway, which features a foreword by the Honorable Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan.
He has appeared as a guest commentator on C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and other major media outlets. His articles and analysis have appeared in a variety of newspapers, law reviews, public policy journals, and online forums. He has presented expert testimony to Congress and several state legislatures.
Mayer graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology. The Dayton native received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law where he was the Editor in Chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.
Mayer resides in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
Frank Nutter has been President of the Reinsurance Association of America since 1991. He held the same position from 1981-1984. In the interim, he was president of the Alliance of American Insurers and Property Loss Research Bureau, which have now merged as the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America (PCI). Mr. Nutter was the RAA’s General Counsel from 1978-1981.
Mr. Nutter currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and Global Environment, an adjunct to the Harvard University School of Public Health; the Advisory Board of the OECD's International Network for the Financial Management of Large-Scale Disassters and the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation. He has recently served on the Council of the American Meteorological Society and the Board of the University Center for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of universities managing the National Center for Atmospheric Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation. He has servced as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Worker's Compensation Research Institute, the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice, a subsidiary of the RAND corporation, and on the Board of the Bermuda Instittute for Ocean Sciences.
Mr. Nutter received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Nutter was an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.
Becca O’Brien, a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, specializes in
strategy development and in sustainable performance transformation through process redesign,
capability building and culture change. During her tenure at McKinsey, Ms O’Brien has served
governmental, academic, non-profit and Fortune-500 private sector clients, with particular focus
on national and regional governments and public agencies. In 2012, she led teams developing
needs assessment methodology and multi-year recovery road maps for states affected by
Superstorm Sandy and a research project on the exposure of global population and economic
growth to resource stress and environmental hazards. In 2010, she co-led a team providing
support to Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former U.S. President Bill Clinton in
the design and launch of a new agency to coordinate Haiti’s recovery from the January 11
earthquake. She is McKinsey’s expert on effective management of medium- to long-term
Pat Quinn (Democrat) is the 41st Governor of Illinois.
In his first official act, signed an executive order establishing the Illinois Reform Commission to examine ethics rules and practices in state government. He also led passage of fundamental legislation to return integrity to the state pension boards, ensure state agency compliance with Freedom of Information laws and increase transparency of state boards and commissions.
Dedicated to investing in Illinois’ economy, Quinn worked with the General Assembly to pass a $31 billion capital construction jobs program to create and retain more than 436,000 jobs over six years. Since taking office he has made tough, responsible choices to ensure that the state of Illinois can afford to pay its bills.
The Governor's efforts to boost the Illinois economy include passing business and tech-friendly legislation that strengthens Illinois' place as capitol of the Midwest. He created the Illinois Innovation Council to promote and attract innovation-driven entrepreneurs to the state. For his work increasing Illinois’ economic, scientific, and technological output. Quinn was named the 2011 Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. In addition to working to double state exports by 2015, he has also made significant investments in transportation, education and healthcare infrastructure that will create jobs and keep Illinois competitive in the 21st Century global economy.
Quinn has served the people of Illinois for more than 30 years as both a citizen and a public official. He has organized grassroots petition drives signed by more than 4 million voters, walked across the state in support of decent health care for all, and proposed historic tax reform for working families. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, serving until his succession as Governor in January 2009, and served one term as State Treasurer from 1991 to 1995. He also served as commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Property) Tax Appeals and as revenue director for the City of Chicago.
As Lieutenant Governor, Quinn created the Illinois Military Family Relief Act, which provides financial assistance to families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists called to active duty. The fund has distributed more than $10 million to Illinois military families.
Quinn was born in Chicago and raised in Hinsdale and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is the father of two sons.
James Redick is the Director of the Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response in Norfolk, Virginia.
Zack Rosenburg is the co-founder of The St. Bernard Project, an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way.