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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To help Americans better prepare for and respond to floods, Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would require communities to take pre-emptive action to end the cycle of flooding and rebuilding and the resulting costs of recovery. Read More
Major flood events are becoming the new normal. In 2016, there were four inland floods causing at least a billion dollars in damages each, double the average number of nontropical storm-related floods since 1980. While the headlines around these events focus, understandably, on property damage and the impact on individuals and families, a big piece of the story—the escalating cost to the... Read More
With the number and frequency of severe weather events growing, and with 39 percent of the nation’s population living near waterways, heavily populated and highly developed areas are at increasing risk from floods and hurricanes. That’s why Congress should pass policies that transform the way we design, build, and maintain our nation’s infrastructure with an emphasis on... Read More