regional approach to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery related to hazards, including those associated with dam failure (including potential failure of the federally owned Howard Hanson Dam and 86 other dams in the county), flooding, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and other events. Before joining King County government, he worked as the City of Tukwila (Washington) emergency management coordinator and was well known to many county employees and regional emergency managers for his outstanding work with Tukwila and in his previous role as government liaison specialist for the American Red Cross. Previously, Mr. Mitchell ran a business as a developer of component software for the digital imaging industry, spent 5 years as a managing consultant at Microsoft, and provided direct technical management to a more than 40-member team of people worldwide as a senior computer scientist for DuPont/Conoco Research. Mr. Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in management science and computer systems from Oklahoma State University and has done postgraduate work at the University of Denver, Colorado University, and Colorado State University in finance, communications, project management, and process management.


Sammantha L. Magsino is a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. She was previously a geologist with the Washington State geologic survey where she produced earthquake hazard maps and served as a technical advisor to the state on volcanic hazards. She also served as the science coordinator for a National Science Foundation facility at The University of Texas at Austin conducting aerogeophysical surveys in Antarctica, and has worked for the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses at the Southwest Research Institute conducting geophysical investigations near the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Facility in support of volcanic hazard assessment. Ms. Magsino holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in geology from Florida International University.

Jason R. Ortego wasa research associate with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. He received a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University in 2004 and M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University in 2008. He began working for the National Academies in 2008 with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and in 2009 he joined the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources.

Chanda Ijames is senior program assistant with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the National Academies. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College and is pursuing an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from University of Maryland University College. She began working for the National Academies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources in 2011.

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