HARRIET FESTING (CO-FOUNDER), M.PHIL.
Director of Flood Forum USA. Harriet's work with flood survivors in Illinois led to the introduction of state and federal legislation, and prompted the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a national study on urban flooding. In 2014, she founded RainReady - a program to help communities in the US manage flooding.
RAMONT BELL, M.SC.
Ramont is Outreach Coordinator - focused on stormwater management - at Faith in Place, a Chicago-based nonprofit that empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth. He has a Masters Degree in IS & Telecommunications and completed the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy (IWLA) Class 2017. He was previously Area Manager of Engineering and Planning for Illinois and Wisconsin AT&T.
Lori has been advocating for flood solutions for residents in Chatham, in the Chicago South Side, since 2013. The community now has a plan of action, and a pilot home flood relief initiative is planned for 2017. A Chicago native, her contributions to social, environmental and political activism are driven by a commitment to compassion and equality.
Lindsey is a believer in the power of collective action, has spent 25 years pioneering participation, engagement and conflict resolution for sustainable development at local, national and international levels. More recently, she started using these participatory approaches as an artist. She lives and works in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.
Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum in the UK, Paul has spent his career working on environmental issues, the first 20 years on a range of land management projects in the private and public sectors. His career spans environmental policy, rural affairs, sustainable development, climate change, water, waste, energy and natural environment.
Gerald E. Galloway, Jr
A Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Galloway joined UMD's faculty following a 38-year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as Brigadier General. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering from Princeton and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina.
Executive Director of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA). Prior to joining NAFSMA she served as a managing associate with Carmen Group, a government relations firm based in Washington, DC. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Watersheds Research Institute and was a member of the National Committee on Levee Safety.
Jo Ann Howard
Former head of the Texas Department of Insurance, Federal Insurance Administrator (FEMA’s flood insurance appointee), Jo Ann is presently President of H2O Partners, Inc. She is on the Executive Board of the ASFPM Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association and Central Texas Board of the Scottish Rite Hospital.
Leads the successful flood action group, Floodlothian Midlothian, in Midlothian, IL. Through the efforts of this group, the village is set to receive multi-million dollar flood prevention improvements. They have won national and local awards, received extensive media coverage, and inspired scores of other flood action groups in the state.
Paul Osman, CFM
Paul is the Statewide Floodplain Programs Manager for the Illinois Office of Water Resources. He has served on the Board of Directors for both the National and State Associations of Floodplain Managers, has served as National Flood Insurance Chairman, has testified in Congress on floodplain issues, and has served on many national and international task forces.
Richard has over thirty years experience in the UK water industry and environment sector. He holds a masters degree in water resources, is a Fellow of the Institute of Water and Environment Management and a Chartered Environmentalist. He has worked for water companies, the Environment Agency and Natural England and has represented the UK government on water resources policy.
Eric Tate, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Eric teaches and conducts research in the areas of flood hazards, water resources, environmental justice, and social vulnerability, primarily using geospatial indicators to examine environment-society interactions. Dr. Tate earned his PhD in Geography from the University of South Carolina.