Flood-Prepared Communities

Flood-Prepared Communities


Meet the Team

Laura Lightbody

Project Director

Laura Lightbody directs Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative. She previously served as a manager of Pew’s clean energy initiative and in 2007, as a communications consultant, played a critical role in passage of the first increase in federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years.

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Mathew Sanders

Senior Manager

Mathew Sanders manages the state planning portfolio of Pew’s flood-prepared communities project, which focuses on state-level efforts to plan for current and future flood risks.

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Yaron Miller 

Senior Officer

Yaron Miller leads the state policy and campaigns portfolio of Pew’s flood-prepared communities project. In this role, he oversees the development and implementation of initiatives to help states and communities mitigate flood risk and reduce recovery costs. 

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Forbes Tompkins 


Forbes Tompkins manages the federal policy portfolio of Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative, which works to reform flood policy to better prepare people and property for future risks.

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Sarah Edwards

Senior Associate

Sarah Edwards is a senior associate with Pew’s flood-prepared communities team focusing on state flood resilience planning and policy. While attending William & Mary Law School, she served at its Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC). Her work at VCPC included implementation of regulations under the National Flood Insurance Program for Virginia localities, as well as socioeconomic issues related to recurrent flooding. She wrote a model ordinance on this subject that was published in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Edwards received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School.

Brian Watts

Senior Associate

Brian Watts is a senior associate with Pew’s flood-prepared communities team focusing on federal policy that supports pre-disaster mitigation and resilience infrastructure investment and programs. He previously worked as a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security on policy supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as leading advanced data analysis and reporting to the acting commissioner. His experience also includes teaching English in South Korea as a Fulbright scholar and interning at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communications.

Watts earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in environmental science from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in ecology from the University of Georgia.

Kristiane Huber

Principal Associate

Kristiane Huber is a principal associate with Pew’s flood-prepared communities team focusing on advancing mitigation and nature-based policy solutions at the state and local level. 

Huber previously led the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions’ research on climate resilience and consulted on policy guidance and communications materials for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies and government from Connecticut College and a Master of Science from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability.