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SAME Environmental COI Webinar: Resilience isn't what you have, it's what you do!

Thu, Nov 4, 2021 · 12:30 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

Today’s disruptions demand communities rethink response, recovery, and resilience strategies. Increasingly, instead of being isolated events, disruptions come in costly waves – severe hurricane seasons, infectious wildfire cycles, fair-weather flooding, social justice and political unrest, cunning pandemics that feed on our global interconnectedness, and so much more. To thrive, tomorrow’s leading communities must master these new patterns and transition them into smart opportunities for growth and wellbeing. Sagax not only delivers and jumpstarts bold recovery and resilience plans, but we help teams shift their mindset to design creative, entrepreneurial solutions and vibrant community visions. Our drivers are culturally responsive stakeholder engagement, transparent frameworks, cross-sector data, and empathic partnerships. We turn hard realities into once-in-a-generation moonshots. Let us show you how.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn how to leverage federal funding.
- Understand cross-sector engagement for economic resilience.
- Learn what defines a resilient infrastructure.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Programs SAME
Senior Education & Program Manager
Webinar hosting presenter
Principal , Sagax
Kirsten McGregor founded Sagax Associates in 2013 in Wilmington, Delaware. Kirsten and her team of cross-sector specialists leverage decades of strategic planning and economic recovery expertise to manage complex initiatives both in the U.S. and abroad. Kirsten has held prominent roles as Senior Policy Advisor on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Deputy Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, and Lead Economic Recovery Coordinator for New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. Through USEDA and FEMA, Ms. McGregor provided on-site cross-sector interagency coordination and leadership for Hurricane Sandy recovery in New Jersey. She was then appointed to the President’s Task Force to provide her expertise for the strategy document which included 15 business recovery statutory, regulatory and policy recommendations for federal agencies for President Obama. During her tenure at USEDA, Kirsten provided economic development support for federal investment project development in New England and Mid-Atlantic. She also reviewed and provided guidance on over 200 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies and Revolving Loan Fund Plans. She was brought on to manage the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act grant program and transitioned to manage the disaster supplemental programs prior to her assignment with Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.

Kirsten is serving her second term as a Senior Fellow at the University of Delaware Joseph Biden School of Public Policy’s Institute for Public Administration providing guidance for their Recover Delaware initiatives, and she is an advisor for UD’s Island Policy Lab. Kirsten recently completed a major “mission assignment” where she provided comprehensive recovery services in the Caribbean through a contract with the US Economic Development Administration following Hurricanes Irma and Maria for over two years. She supported several federal agencies with community engagement, focus groups, funding, small business support, outreach, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and strategic planning. Her company provides clients economic recovery and resilience strategies throughout the country.
Kirsten is a member of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation Advisory Committee and is an advisory board member for the Redevelopment Institute. Kirsten is a sought-after advisor on economic recovery and development: Top 20 Renewable Energy expert, Top 50 International COVID-19 Thought Leader and Top 50 Global GovTech Influencer; and was voted as a leading woman in business in Delaware by Delaware Today magazine. Kirsten is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall and has a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kirsten’s recent speaking engagements include the Northeast Economic Development Organization, Vita Nuova, Iowa Area Development Group Leadership Forum, Research on Investment Great Reset Series, International Economic Development Council 2020 Conference, 2020 Resilient & Sustainable Communities League Summit, American Planning Association 2021 Conference Federal Division, University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration, and was recently a guest lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania Sea Level Rise Studio. She has been interviewed on the pandemic recovery with the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, WDEL Radio, LHM Business Network and has been featured in the FEMA’s Resilient Partnership Network, the News Journal, Delaware Business Times, Delaware Business Now, Technical.ly Media, and Delaware Today. She has recently been published with the National Association of Women Business Owners, Thrive Global, and the Redevelopment Institute.
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Professor, Operations Research, Center for Infrastructure Defense, Naval Postgraduate School
David L. Alderson is a Professor in the Operations Research Department and serves as Founding Director for the Center for Infrastructure Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Alderson's research has focused on the function and operation of critical infrastructures, with particular emphasis on how to invest limited resources to ensure efficient and resilient performance in the face of accidents, failures, natural disasters, or deliberate attacks. His research explores tradeoffs between efficiency, complexity, and fragility in a wide variety of public and private cyber-physical systems.

Dr. Alderson has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of sponsored research projects for the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Since 2018, Dr. Alderson has been PI on a FEMA-funded project supporting recovery and resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) following the devastating hurricanes of 2017. In this capacity, he is leading research efforts to assess and improve the operational resilience of interdependent lifeline infrastructure systems in the USVI and is supporting the development of the next USVI Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan (https://www.nps.edu/web/cid/usvi).

Dr. Alderson is currently PI on sponsored research projects funded by the DOD Strategic and Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) looking at how to military installations and their surrounding communities more resilient in the presence of climate-driven surprises.

Dr. Alderson is an active member in the DOD Environmental Security Working Group (ESWG) and OSD Resource Competition, Environmental Security, and Stability (RECESS) Team. At NPS, Dr. Alderson serves as advisor to the Climate and Security Network (www.nps.edu/climate) which coordinates climate-related research and education across campus.

Dr. Alderson received his doctorate from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He has held research positions at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of California Los Angeles, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and the Santa Fe Institute. He has extensive industry experience and has worked for several venture-back startup companies. His early career was spent developing technology at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City.
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President, ecoPreserve LLC
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