Organization (1994) and Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States (2001) and co-editor of Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government (2007). Dr. Tierney has published widely on hazards- and disaster-related topics in such publications as the Annual Review of Sociology, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contemporary Sociology, Sociological Spectrum, Sociological Forum, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other journals. She has served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences, the Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support, and the “America’s Climate Choices” Panel on Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change. Over the course of her career, she has held research and faculty positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Delaware. Dr. Tierney earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University.
Brent H. Woodworth is currently President and CEO of Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation. He is a well-known leader in domestic and international crisis management with a distinguished history of working in partnership with government agencies, private sector companies, academic institutions, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits. In December 2007 he took his retirement from IBM Corporation after 32 years of service which included the development and management of all worldwide crisis response team operations. Over the past several years, Mr. Woodworth has led his response team in response to over 70 major natural and man-made disasters in 49 countries. Mr. Woodworth’s domestic response efforts include the 1992 Civil Unrest in Los Angeles followed by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and multiple flooding, wind, fire, and seismic events. In 1998, Mr. Woodworth was appointed by FEMA Director James Lee Witt to serve on a U.S. Congressional designated committee where he co-authored the national plan for predisaster mitigation. Mr. Woodworth has served on national and local committees and boards including the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) board of directors; the U.S. Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) as chairman; the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) board of directors; and as the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation president and CEO. Mr. Woodworth is the recipient of multiple industry awards and a well published author on disaster preparedness, public–private partnerships, and crisis events. One example of Mr. Woodworth’s public–private sector collaboration focus includes his successful negotiation with Starbucks Corporation and T-Mobile, Inc., whereby they provided free wireless connection service at over 1000 locations from Santa Barbara to the U.S.–Mexico border during the California wild fires in October, 2007. He received his B.S. in marketing management from the University of Southern California.