Hazards Caucus Alliance Briefing
Benefits of Mitigation: Overview of Assessments of Future Savings
Sponsored by Representatives Jo Bonner,
Wayne Gilchrest, Zoe Lofgren and
Information about the speakers
Dr. Bill Leith is Coordinator of the Advanced National Seismic System, and Associate Coordinator for the Earthquake Hazards and Global Seismic Network Programs at USGS. Also while at the USGS, Bill advised the Department of Defense on the dismantling of the former Soviet Nuclear test site near Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, and in the implementation of a series of large-scale explosion experiments to calibrate global and regional seismic monitoring systems. He received his Ph.D. degree in Geology/Seismology from Columbia University.
David Maurstad is Acting Federal Insurance Administrator
and head of the Mitigation Division for Homeland Securitys Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Maurstad has been serving as director
of FEMA's Region VIII in Denver since his appointment by President George
W. Bush in October of 2001. As a FEMA regional director, Maurstad coordinated
FEMA's disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities
for six states: Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota,
Utah and Wyoming. Maurstad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Dr. Adam Rose is Professor of Energy, Environmental, and Regional Economics in the Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University where he focuses on the economics of natural and man-made hazards. He is a faculty affiliate of the DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and of the NSF Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, where his work emphasizes resilience to natural disasters and terrorism at the levels of the individual business, market, and regional economy. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Cornell University.
Tom Tobin has worked on natural hazards, risk management
and public policy issues for 40 years. As a consultant, he helped the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shape Project Impact and
the Disaster Resistant University initiatives. He is chief operating
officer for GeoHazards International bringing resources and technical
knowledge to developing countries to reduce earthquake risk. Tom is
a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in civil engineering,
has a Master of Science degree in geotechnical engineering from California
State University at San José, and is a registered professional
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Contributed by Margaret Anne Baker and Linda Rowan, AGI Government Affairs Staff
Posted: January 30, 2006; Updated February 9, 2006
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