Laura Lightbody directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project aimed at reducing the impact of weather-related catastrophes, such as floods and hurricanes, on the U.S. economy, communities, and environment by reforming federal flood disaster policies. She previously served as a manager for Pew’s clean energy initiative.
Before joining Pew, she was a vice president at McBee Strategic Consulting, where she worked on topics including ocean services and economics, clean energy, and pro-innovation policy. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in history and Spanish.
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As natural disaster costs continue to climb, homeowners, communities, and the federal government will be challenged to make wise financial investments that will help save lives and lower the costs of future storms. Read More
For 10 terms, beginning in 1975, Joseph P. Riley Jr. (D) served as mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. During his four decades in office, many extreme weather events flooded the historic southern city, which is bordered by two rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo, a Category 5 storm, tore through the city, claiming a dozen lives and causing more than $10 billion in recovery... Read More
Flooding is the most costly and most common natural disaster in the United States. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides federally backed coverage for homeowners and small businesses in more than 22,000 communities across the country. Read More