executive director. She has offered innovative approaches to logistical development, problem solving, human resource management, operating and capital budget administration and project planning. Ms. St. Martin previously served as deputy director of the S&WB for almost 12 years, director of the Department of Safety and Permits, and parking administrator for the city’s Department of Streets. Ms. St. Martin serves on the board of Water for People—USA and Water for People—Canada, an international humanitarian organization that helps communities throughout the world that lack access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education. She is a member of numerous water agencies and associations and is an active alumna of St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans.
Ommeed Sathe has served as director of real estate development for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) since June 2007. NORA is a quasi-public entity, whose mission includes the alleviation of blight, the redevelopment of residential and commercial properties (including nearly 5,000 properties acquired by the state of Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina), and the implementation of crucial public projects. At NORA, Mr. Sathe manages all of the agency’s acquisition, redevelopment, and disposition programs and raises capital to support development ventures. In addition, he has led the agency’s effort to examine distortions in the homeowner’s insurance market. He commissioned groundbreaking research that demonstrates that current insurance rates are four to five times higher than actuarial levels would suggest. He is currently leading NORA’s attempts to devise mechanisms to address this discrepancy—including catastrophe bonds, reciprocal insurance vehicles, regulatory reform, and government guarantees—and has been recognized by the International Risk Linked Securities industry for his work in this field. Before joining NORA, Mr. Sathe was a real estate associate at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP in New York. While at the law firm, he was involved in Columbia University’s expansion and worked on the merger of two of the largest commercial property owners in the country. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where he studied neuroscience and urban planning.
Tracie Sempier is the Coastal Storms Program outreach coordinator for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. She is working to design a coastal storms outreach and education program that will introduce people to storms tools, information, and partnerships. In this capacity she works with local communities, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, port authorities, emergency and floodplain managers, residents, and other audiences to try to decrease the negative impacts of coastal storms on families, communities, the environment,