and she has published several RUPRI policy briefs on this topic. She received an M.S. in agricultural economics from Penn State University, where she also received her B.S. in agricultural economics and rural sociology.

Russ Paulsen is executive director for community preparedness and resilience at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, in which capacity he leads Red Cross efforts to build public preparedness for disasters at the neighborhood level. Prior to his current position, he directed the Red Cross hurricane recovery unit and led the organization’s long-term recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Allison Plyer is deputy director of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. She is co-author of The New Orleans Index series, developed in collaboration with the Brookings Institution to analyze the state of the New Orleans recovery. She is recognized as an international expert in post-Katrina demographics and New Orleans recovery trends.

Steven Romalewski directs the CUNY Mapping Service at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For the past 20 years he has leveraged geographic information system (GIS) tools and concepts to help organizations in diverse fields understand and act on the spatial dimensions of their work. Since 2006 he has also taught GIS to graduate planning students at Pratt Institute.

Joseph Salvo is director of the Population Division at the New York City Department of City Planning. He is the former president of the Association of Public Data Users and a member of the Population Association of America’s Committee on Population Statistics, and is active in research on the evaluation and use of American Community Survey data and on the demography of immigration in the New York area. He has served on several National Research Council panels related to the census and the ACS, including a recently completed Panel on Statistical Methods for Measuring the Group Quarters Population in the ACS. A fellow of the American Statistical Association, he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Fordham University.

Vincent L. Sanders is a lead transportation systems planner for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO). He joined METRO’s Service Design & Development/Travel Demand Forecasting & Analysis Division in 1998. He is primarily responsible for managing patronage forecasts, and also manages the socioeconomic and travel databases that generate reports on trip patterns, demographic profiles, and ridership estimates for proposed transit service and regional options and facilities. He has worked with other agencies to help coordinate joint development and commerce studies relative to

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