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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Those interested in improving the United States’ preparation for major floods must move beyond discussing the issue to achieving lasting results, a senior Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official told the audience at this month’s Resilient Nation Partnership Network’s annual forum. Read More
With some Southeastern states and U.S. territories still recovering from the most furious hurricane season in recent memory, many residents of the Northeast are recalling the devastation that Superstorm Sandy brought to that region five years ago. Read More
As the waters recede in communities affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, many flood victims are confronting the difficult decisions of how and where to rebuild their homes and their lives. Read More