Shoring up Communities

Investing in resilient infrastructure


Can’t join us in person? Tune in here for the webcast from 3:00 to 5 p.m. May 23.

Please join The Pew Charitable Trusts for a discussion on the challenges facing our country’s infrastructure and approaches to safeguarding it from the effects of severe weather. It will center on how the Trump administration and Congress can help the United States withstand natural disasters by modernizing infrastructure through smart policy, solid funding, and incorporating nature-based solutions. Leading mayors will draw on their experience to address how the country can finance innovative infrastructure projects that boost global competitiveness and save taxpayer dollars.


Governors Bridge Road in Bowie, MD, floods as a massive storm drops heavy rain on the region in April 2014.

© The Washington Post

A Fireside Chat

Moderated by:

  • Chris Flavelle
    Reporter, Bloomberg News


  • Joseph P. Riley
    Former Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina
    Pew Distinguished Fellow
  • Jim Brainard
    Mayor of Carmel, Indiana

Introduction by:

  • Tamera Luzzatto 
    Senior Vice President
    The Pew Charitable Trusts

A policy panel discussion with:

  • Harriet Tregoning, former principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Charles Brittingham, senior vice president of Cassidy Associates and former policy adviser to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Laurens van der Tak, vice president of water resources and ecosystem management at engineering firm CH2M Hill
  • Laura Lightbody, Pew’s project director of the flood-prepared communities initiative (moderator)

Reception immediately following the event.

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Event Details

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3:00-5:00 PM (Reception to follow)

The Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20004

Media Contact

Michelle Blackston

Officer, Communications