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Speakers Series: Scott Davis – “Disaster Recovery and Resilience”
January 25 @ 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
Scott Davis is a faculty member of continuing studies at Georgetown University and is a visiting fellow at the RAND Corporation where he works on issues related to disaster recovery, resilience and adaptation. He is on loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he has worked since 2009, previously serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary and on the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Davis will discuss his experiences in disaster recovery, including the oversight of CDBG-DR, hurricanes Katrina and Sandy recovery, Rebuild by Design and Planning for Post-Disaster recovery. If time permits, he will also discuss the course he teaches at Georgetown University titled Resilient Urban Systems in which he walks students through how to assist municipalities develop a resilience strategy.
While at HUD, Davis helped to lead the administration of Rebuild by Design: A Planning and Design Competition to Increase Resilience in the Sandy-Affected Region. Prior to Hurricane Sandy, he served as Director of HUD’s Disaster Recovery Division, where he managed the Department’s portfolio of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. Prior to joining HUD, Scott served as Policy Director for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding housed within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Scott joined the federal government following the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005 where he worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a member of the senior management team for Long-Term Community Recovery.
For more information, see his biography on Georgetown University’s website.