Schwab previously served as project manager and senior research associate for the Hazard Mitigation Planning Initiative, a partnership between UNC-CH and the N.C. Division of Emergency Management that provides technical assistance to local governments to develop, adopt and implement hazard mitigation plans in compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Schwab has also spent many years serving as research associate and program coordinator for a variety of public service and research initiatives at UNC-CH, with her primary focus concentrating on land use, law and planning, coastal zone management, sustainable development, environmental management, resource conservation and natural hazards mitigation.
Schwab’s published and unpublished works reflect her wide-ranging interests, with her most recent writings focusing on natural hazards and the development of resilient and sustainable communities. Among these is the 2007 release ofHazard Mitigation and Preparedness: Building Resilient Communities published by John Wiley & Sons as part of series on the disaster cycle targeted at professional emergency managers. In 2006 she served as coordinator and contributing author of the Coastal Hazards Management Instructor Guide for the Emergency Management Institute’s Higher Education Program, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and in collaboration with the NOAA Coastal Services Center. Recent journal articles and chapters have addressed the topic of sea level rise; a critique of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000; and an essay in The Practice of Local Planning published by the American Planning Association. In addition, Schwab is co-author along with Professor David Brower and Dr. Timothy Beatley of An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management, published by Island Press. Other government-issued technical materials that she has authored or co-authored include several guides and instructional manuals to assist local planners and emergency managers in the State of North Carolina, as well as the Capability Section (Appendix “B”) of the current North Carolina State Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Schwab received a bachelor of arts degree in classics, a master’s degree in city and regional planning, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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