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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Eight of the 10 states that experienced the most flood-related disaster declarations over the past decade were inland. Near the top of the list sits Missouri, a state that has endured repeated and devastating riverine flooding, and not just in the past decade: From 2000 to 2017, the federal government issued 25 disaster or emergency declarations for floods, hurricanes, and severe storms in the... Read More
From the recent flooding in the Midwest and the March nor’easter along the mid-Atlantic coast to the 2017 hurricanes and this winter’s record deluges in California, major floods have become all too common across the U.S. Read More
More than 7 in 10 registered voters across the U.S. support policies that will enable communities and the nation to better prepare for and respond to floods, according to a survey released Feb. 1. Read More