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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Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S., a fact that is unlikely to change with the predicted increase in heavy downpours and other severe storms in many regions of the country. But the risk of floods could go down, thanks to Congress’ recent funding of two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs. The funding measures were included in the bipartisan... Read More
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