David I. Maurstad is a director and senior vice president with Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc., a provider of management consulting, integrated information technology, engineering services, and business process outsourcing in Washington, DC. Mr. Maurstad previously served as director of water policy and planning for a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in flood mapping and floodplain management. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience with both the private insurance industry and federal, state, and local governments. Mr. Maurstad served as assistant administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In June 2004, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to provide leadership for some of the nation’s leading multihazard risk reduction programs. In this role, he was the federal insurance administrator charged with the overall management of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. He previously served as the director of FEMA Region VIII from 2001 to 2004 coordinating federal, state, tribal, and local management of emergencies through planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. A native Nebraskan, he served as Mayor of Beatrice, State Senator, and Lieutenant Governor. He received his B.S. degree in business administration and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska.
Martin W. McCann is president of Jack R. Benjamin and Associates, Inc., in Menlo Park, California. Dr. McCann also serves as a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. At Stanford, he is the former chairman of the National Performance of Dams Program, which he founded and which has created a national network to report dam safety incidents and archive this information for wide use by the geotechnical and seismic engineering communities. Dr. McCann’s professional background and research have focused on probabilistic hazards analysis, including hydrologic events, risk assessment, reliability and uncertainty analysis, and systems analysis. Dr. McCann has served as a consultant to several government and private-sector groups in the United States and abroad. He currently also is serving as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Integrating Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience. Dr. McCann received his B.S. degree from Villanova University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.
Andre D. McDonald is founder and president of Fort Bend Flood Management Association in Fort Bend County, Texas, a group of 17 flood management agencies and the consultants that service that industry. He has served as an appointed board member of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District since 2000, and been president of that board since 2004. He has an extensive background in construction, primarily with management and operation of heavy civil construction engineering companies. His more than 30 years of experience include the day-to-day management with full profit and loss responsibilities of a heavy civil contracting company. The company was involved with direct construction and commissioning of underground utilities distribution and collection systems, earthwork, paving, and related infrastructure and other intraurban development. He has been part of the management and direct field operations of airport construction, mass earthworks, industrial plant construction, wastewater treatment plant construction, modernization of oil refineries and grassroots LNG facilities. Mr. McDonald studied engineering and business administration at Mississippi State University.
Earthea A. Nance is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Nance has over 18 years of experience in the areas of environmental planning and management, hazard mitigation, sustainable urban development, environmental remediation, water, wastewater, hazardous waste, and alternative energy. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Nance served as a Ford Foundation loaned-executive to the City of New Orleans, where she directed the city’s hazard mitigation, environmental, and alternative energy divisions and authored the city’s sustainability strategy. She is a consultant to the RAND Corporation on policy adaptation to climate change in New Orleans and advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board as a member of its environmental engineering committee. She also serves as a consultant to local environmental groups trying to understand the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her research has examined the impacts of disasters on social and ecological diversity, the development of executive education in resilience and risk management, community-based environmental monitoring in Gulf Coast communities, and participatory water and sanitation systems in developing countries. Dr. Nance received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis and her Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.