(GWU) Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management; Professor Emeritus of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering in the GWU School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Chairman of the National Research Council Disasters Roundtable Steering Committee. He is cofounder and Executive Editor Emeritus of the electronic Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He is the immediate past president of The International Emergency Management Society and former associate director of the National Ports and Waterways Institute. During his 22-year career as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, he has also worked as a practitioner, retiring in the grade of Captain. He has written and published in the fields of crisis management, emergency management, management science, risk and vulnerability analysis, and maritime safety. Dr. Harrald received his B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University, a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Lynne Kidder is a senior advisor to the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA)—a Department of Defense organization focused on improved civil–military interagency coordination, capacity building, and resilience-focused public–private collaboration in the context of disaster response and humanitarian assistance. From 2005–2010, she served as vice president and senior vice president for Partnerships at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), where she directed BENS’s national program to facilitate community and statewide public–private partnerships toward regional all-hazards disaster resilience. While at BENS, Ms. Kidder convened a coalition of national business leaders, professional/trade organizations, academics, NGOs, military, and agency partners, to propose a national mechanism to strengthen public-private collaboration at all levels of government. She is the former executive director of the North Bay Council, a nonprofit organization of C-level executives in Northern California, where she implemented numerous initiatives between private employers and state and local officials. Ms. Kidder’s previous professional experience includes eight years as professional staff in the U.S. Senate, executive-level management in state government, and corporate government affairs. She holds a B.A. from Indiana University (College of Arts and Sciences), a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and did additional postgraduate study in public administration at George Mason University. Ms. Kidder is the co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees pertaining to resilience-focused public-private collaboration and all-hazards preparedness.
Michael T. Lesnick is cofounder of and senior partner at Meridian Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides neutral conflict management and multistakeholder collaborative problem solving services domestically and internationally. Dr. Lesnick has over 30 years