New Orleans, Louisiana
Our forum brought together more than 200 policy makers, scientists, emergency responders, construction experts and conservationists to discuss the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and how the Gulf Region can better prepare for future hurricanes.
Our Gulf Coast: Preparing for Extreme Weather Forum explored the Gulf Coast’s unique challenges from severe wind, storm surge and flooding. We worked to create alignment among key stakeholders to effect change and make communities safer, and examined how past severe weather events impacted the Gulf economically, ecologically and structurally, as well as how current risk-mitigation best practices can be used to better protect the region from devastating weather events like Hurricane Katrina.
Please note: Information as presented below reflects the date of the specific Forum. Subsequent to this, information may have changed.
Managing Shareholder, Aaron, PLC
William D. Aaron, Jr. is a practicing attorney and the Managing Shareholder of the New Orleans firm of Aaron, PLC A Professional Law Corporation. He is a graduate of Duke University and Loyola University School of Law. Mr. Aaron has over 34 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors and is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Texas and the District of Columbia. He has served as Assistant District Counsel for the U. S. Small Business Administration, City Attorney for the City of New Orleans and Special Prosecutor for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining Aaron, PLC (formerly Goins Aaron) in January of 2000, Mr. Aaron was a Senior Partner in the regional firm of Phelps Dunbar, LLP.
Mr. Aaron concentrates his practice in the areas of complex and high profile civil and commercial litigation, state and municipal government law, telecommunications, real estate, banking, professional liability, civil rights and insurance. He received the New Orleans City Business Newspaper’s Leadership in Law Award in 2008 and 2012, is AV rated, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Louisiana Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Business Edition.
Mr. Aaron is active in bar related activities, and is a former Member and Chairman of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB). He has served as an Assistant Bar Examiner with the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions for over a decade. A prominent figure in local business circles, Mr. Aaron is also a member of the Jefferson Business Council, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Active in the rebuilding of the New Orleans Area, Mr. Aaron is an Organizer and Director of First NBC Bank, a highly successful commercial bank headquartered in New Orleans and chartered by the State of Louisiana less than a year after Hurricane Katrina.
Retired, Chief of Hydrologic Engineering, Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Larry S Buss has over 39 years of experience serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a senior advisor/national expert in flood risk management and nonstructural flood risk reduction. Mr. Buss retired from the Corps of Engineers as Chief of Hydrologic Engineering, Omaha District, having led a team of 50 people with expertise in such areas as Water Control, Water Quality, Hydraulic Structure Design, Statistical Analysis, River Ecosystem Restoration, Flood Plain Management, Emergency Flood Fighting, Flood Control Design, Sediment/Erosion Control, Watershed Modeling, Flood Warning Systems, Nonstructural and Structural Flood Mitigation, and Hydrographic Surveys.
He is currently involved on National task force teams dealing with levee security, levee safety, flood risk management, and implementation of nonstructural measures. Mr. Buss also serves as Co-Chair of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers Committee on Flood Proofing/Retrofitting. This committee is responsible for promoting and providing expertise on flood proofing and retrofitting of structures to reduce flood risk.
Mr. Buss is a past Chair of the US Army Corps of Engineers National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee, whose responsibilities consist of promoting the development, implementation and proper use of non-structural flood mitigation techniques as well as providing a source of expertise in the use of non-structural techniques throughout the United States.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a licensed real estate broker in the State of Iowa. He is also a member of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers and a Certified Flood Plain Manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska.
President/CEO Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. – FLASH®
Leslie Chapman-Henderson is President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 100 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster-resistant nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council®, Kohler Power Systems, National Weather Service, North Carolina State University, RenaissanceRe, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm®, Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering, University of Florida, USAA® and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc.
Ms. Chapman-Henderson and FLASH have championed the cause of disaster-resilient construction methods through the creation of groundbreaking consumer awareness programs like StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort; and Blueprint for Safety®, a popular integrated educational program on disaster-resistant construction techniques for homebuilders, homeowners and design professionals.
Ms. Chapman-Henderson’s civic, community and professional recognition include the 2010 designation by Cable News Network as a member of the CNN New Guard of the South – an elite group of leaders from academic, business, entertainment, government, nonprofit, philanthropy and sports fields. She and FLASH have received myriad awards including: the 2011 National VOAD Partner of the Year Award, 2011 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Governor’s Award, 2009 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Corporate Award for StormStruck®, 2008 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement in Mitigation Award, 2008 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Corporate Award, 2006 Texas Silver Spur Award for Public Education Excellence, 2006 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Public Information/Education Award, 2005 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement in Public Awareness Award, 2005 National Weather Association Walter J. Bennett Public Service Award, 2005 NOAA Environmental Hero Award and many more.
FLASH program successes include television appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC and nationally-syndicated programs This New House, Bob Vila and Home Again with Bob Vila; production of a one-hour, nationally televised multi-hazard PBS Special entitled, Blueprint for Safety – Disaster-Resistant Homes; and “A Tale of Two Houses,” a multi-media awareness campaign showcasing code and code-plus construction success stories in wildfire and high-wind zone
Vice President of Government Affairs, RenaissanceRe Director, RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation
Michael Cohen is the Vice President of Government Affairs for RenaissanceRe, a global provider of reinsurance and insurance to cover the risk of natural and man-made catastrophes. He also serves as a Director of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation which supports advanced scientific research in atmospheric risks, the development of risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities, efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters, and organizations that preserve coastal habitats.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Cohen was a director of industry and state relations at Freddie Mac. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the White House Community Empowerment Board in the Clinton White House and was a political appointee at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Cohen has held various other positions both in and out of government.
Senior Advisor America’s WETLAND Foundation
Sidney Coffee joined the America’s WETLAND Foundation in early 2008 as senior advisor. Prior to that, she headed the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities under Governor Kathleen Blanco and chaired the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana. In this position, Ms. Coffee helped lead creation of the state’s Master Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection and the reorganization of state government to more comprehensively address coastal restoration and protection efforts.
While serving Governor Mike Foster, Ms. Coffee worked in Washington, DC, on legislation to fund and authorize the state’s coastal restoration efforts, including the sharing of Federal offshore oil and gas revenues with coastal producing states.
Senior Planner, Terrebonne Parish Department of Planning and Zoning - Recovery Assistance and Mitigation Planning Division
Jennifer Gerbasi joined the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government Department of Planning and Zoning, Houma, LA in July 2008 to complete the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and implement the Long Term Recovery Plan goals for the Parish. Toward that end, Jennifer has developed successful applications for $39M FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs, drafted the Gustav/Ike Recovery Plan for over $135M in Community Development Block Grant funds and is implementing $56M in programs for elevations, acquisitions, reconstructions, marine debris removal, and five critical facility hardening projects.
Jennifer’s earlier work included policy and advocacy work in the areas of soil and water protection in Tennessee and the Mississippi River Basin, water rights, and international trade. She has earned degrees in law from the University of San Diego, a Master’s of Professional Sciences from Cornell University, a Masters in Advocacy from Georgetown Law School, and has earned certifications as a Water Operator and Floodplain Manager.
Research Professor, Sociology University of New Orleans
Pamela Jenkins, Ph.D., is a Research Professor of Sociology and faculty in the Women’s Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. She is a founding and associate member of UNO’s Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology. Before Katrina, her research interests were diverse but focused on how communities respond to a variety of problems.
Her research interests post Katrina include documenting the response to Katrina as part of a national research team on Hurricane Katrina evacuees. She has published on first responders, faith-based communities’ response to the storm, and the experiences of elderly during and after Katrina. At a community level, she is involved in several projects that work directly with best practice for violence prevention including domestic and community violence.
Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Regional Office
Susan Kaderka is the Regional Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Regional Office. Since 1999 she has overseen NWF’s conservation and environmental education initiatives in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Iowa, with a particular focus on the conservation and restoration of water resources.
In 2001, she launched the Texas Living Waters program, a multi-year collaborative effort that has successfully advanced more sustainable water management and use in Texas. Susan has also led NWF’s advocacy on behalf of the restoration of coastal Louisiana. She has served on the Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation, and has advocated for federal support for an ecosystem-scale restoration program for the area.
Susan has more than 18 years of experience in environmental program management, in both the non-profit and state government sectors, and six years’ experience as a consultant and trainer for non-profit organizations. She also spent five years as a policy analyst and as director of policy research for the Texas House of Representatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mayor, New Orleans
The Honorable Mitchell (“Mitch”) J. Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010. He has pledged to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the people of New Orleans. Mitch knows it will be a long, hard road to overcome the City’s challenges, but together we can create jobs, improve schools and make streets safe.
Mitch’s governing philosophy is rooted in his Jesuit education, where he learned to be committed to service. He was educated at Jesuit High School, Catholic University, and earned a law degree from Loyola University.
Mitch had a successful law practice for 15 years. He became an expert mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolution. In life, law and government, he always seeks to bring people together to find common ground.
As a State Legislator, Mitch represented the Broadmoor neighborhood for 16 years. During his tenure, he made his mark as a reformer who could get the job done. As Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, Mitch served as an executive, managing a $127 million budget and 800 employees. To deliver results, he put in place strict standards of accountability.
After Hurricane Katrina, he led the effort to rebuild the tourism industry and the thousands of jobs it creates. And when other government agencies failed, Mitch’s team got more than $22 million in grant money from Congress into the hands of hundreds of homeowners quickly. During his tenure, Mitch focused on creating jobs. He launched the Cultural Economy initiative to grow jobs through our culture, music, food, film and art. The cultural economy accounts for 144,000 jobs in our state.
Managing Director, America’s WETLAND Foundation
Val Marmillion is recognized as one of the top campaign strategists in the country. Under his leadership, Marmillion + Company has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere marketing and strategic communications firms.
A highly skilled professional facilitator, his vast experience includes moderating panel discussions, focus groups and strategic planning sessions for such esteemed clients as the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Jobs for the Future, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Counties, The State of Louisiana, The Academy of State and Local Governments, The National Conference of State Legislators, The National Endowment for the Arts, UCLA and the Office of Senator Mary Landrieu.
Chairman of the Board America’s WETLAND Foundation
R. King Milling was elected Director of Whitney National Bank on March 22, 1978 and Director of Whitney Holding Corporation on February 13, 1979. Mr. Milling is a graduate of Washington & Lee and Tulane Universities. Mr. Milling served as President of Whitney National Bank and Whitney Holding Corporation from 1984 until April 2007 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors from April 2007 until December 2008.
Mr. Milling is a lifelong resident of New Orleans and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He serves on the boards of LSU Health Sciences Center, Dillard University, and Greater New Orleans Education Foundation. He is a member of the Tulane Law School Dean’s Advisory Board and is a member of the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection and Restoration, and the America’s WETLAND Foundation and serves as a member on the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and is a Director of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.
Emergency Management Planner, Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management
Ray Misomali is an Emergency Management Planner within the Miami-Dade County Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management where he is the chair of the county’s Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group and is also the LMS Coordinator. Working with a variety of agencies, including educational, private sector, health care, non-profit, local, state and federal government, he coordinates the county-wide strategy to reduce the impact of hazards on Miami-Dade County.
Serving as Infrastructure Branch Director within the Emergency Operations Center, he coordinates the resumption of services for infrastructure agencies and also overseas damage assessment and debris clearance and removal operations following a disaster. In addition, he coordinates the county’s evacuation program and critical infrastructure and vulnerability assessment.
Ray has worked for Miami-Dade County for close to five years. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector as a consultant. Ray’s experience is in an all-hazards comprehensive emergency management environment where he is involved in all phases of emergency management.
Ray has participated on various panel discussions and recently was part of the team working to contribute to the formulation of the Mitigation Framework in support of Presidential Policy Directive 8. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas.
Public Information Officer Manager, SC Safe Home, SC Department of Insurance
Ann Roberson, a graduate of The University of South Carolina, has been employed with the SC Department of Insurance for 14 years. She serves as the Executive Assistant to the Director for External Affairs and Public Information Officer. Among her responsibilities, she works as the Liaison to the South Carolina Building Codes Council and the State Emergency Management Division. She also serves as the agency representative for the Interagency Coordinating Council for the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Ann also manages the SC Safe Home Mitigation Grant Program which was created by the Omnibus Coastal Property Insurance Act in 2007.
She is a 2003 graduate of the SC Executive Institute. Ann has always been very interested in outreach and education and the state-wide outreach program she developed for the Department entitled Held in Trust, A Child Safety Seat Awareness Program, received the Governor’s Year of the Child Community Hero Award in 2001.
Prior to joining the staff at the Department, Ann worked for The Town of Hilton Head Island, The Lowcountry Council of Governments and The National Trust for Historic Preservation as a grants and special projects coordinator and public relations manager.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Business and Home Safety
Julie Rochman joined IBHS in November 2007 with more than 20 years of public affairs and advocacy experience representing major corporations, research and safety organizations, and issue-based coalitions. She is regularly consulted and quoted by national print, broadcast and electronic media on a wide variety of topics. IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and communication organization supported by the property insurance industry.
IBHS is dedicated to reducing societal and economic effects of natural disasters and other causes of residential and commercial property loss. IBHS conducts field and laboratory research to identify and advance improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.
She joined IBHS from The Glover Park Group, a leading Washington, D.C.-based strategic communication consulting firm, where she was senior vice president of public affairs, managing a portfolio primarily comprising financial services sector clients. Prior to that, Ms. Rochman was senior vice president of public affairs for the American Insurance Association (AIA), a national public policy advocacy organization for property-casualty insurance companies. As a member of AIA’s management team for six years, Ms. Rochman was responsible for developing and executing integrated communication campaigns to achieve AIA’s public policy goals at both the state and federal levels.
From November 1996 until late 2000, Ms. Rochman was vice president of communications for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), where she successfully managed media relations for the IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). Upon leaving the IIHS, Ms. Rochman served on the IIHS and HLDI boards of directors for several years. Prior to joining IIHS, Ms. Rochman managed federal communications for the Alliance of American Insurers, worked for the Insurance Information Institute, for a public health organization dedicated to preventing drunk driving, at an advertising agency, and for a global insurance brokerage. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Rochman earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tulane University and a master’s degree in American Government from the University of Virginia.
Legislative Director, National Advocacy Center
Josh Saks serves as National Wildlife Federation’s Legislative Director, helping set strategy and coordinate outreach to Members of Congress on key campaign priorities, including clean water and wetlands issues, energy policy, federal appropriations for wildlife conservation and protection of public lands in Alaska and the Rocky Mountain West.
He joined NWF in 2010 as a Senior Legislative Representative for water resources campaigns where he worked on aquatic ecosystem restoration of America’s Great Waters, Clean Water Act defense, Army Corps reform and more. He has been invited to speak on environmental issues before the House Democratic Caucus, the House Finance Committee, the Congressional Black Caucus and an array of clean water conferences including the Great Lakes, Chesapeake and Restore America’s Estuary Conference.
Prior to NWF, Mr. Saks was the federal affairs associate for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a Policy Analyst at the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia.
Mr. Saks has an B.A. from Ithaca College and is currently pursuing an M.A. in applied economics at the Johns Hopkins University.
President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation
Larry Schweiger is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Wildlife Federation. He returned to the National Wildlife Federation in March 2004 with a commitment to confront the climate crisis and to protect wildlife for our children’s future. National Wildlife Federation is America’s most effective conservation organization, with 48 affiliates and more than four million members and supporters.
Previously, Larry served for eight years as President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, where he pioneered watershed restoration and promoted ecological research, land conservation and community outreach. Prior to that, Larry was the Executive Secretary of the Joint House/Senate Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Wildlife Federation, and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Larry is an active community leader, having served on more than 40 governing boards, commissions and committees. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of The Climate Reality Project; The Climate Reality Action Fund; the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; BlueGreen Alliance; and National Wildlife Federation Action Fund.
In 2011 Larry was awarded the Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future Visionary Award for his leadership in raising awareness about the critical impacts of climate change throughout the world and commitment to employing clean energy solutions. He was selected as Pennsylvania’s Environmental Professional of the Year in 2002, Pittsburgher of the Year in 2000, and he received a Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association in September 1995. Larry is married to Clara Schweiger and has three adult daughters, three sons-in-law, and four grandsons. Larry’s book on global warming and wildlife, released by Fulcrum Publishing in September 2009, Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, was awarded First Prize for Non-Fiction by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2011 and can be found at http://www.nwf.org/lastchance.
President, RenissanceRe Risk Sciences (formerly Weather Predict Consulting Inc.)
Mr. Tillman serves as President of WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., a U.S.-based RenaissanceRe affiliate that provides intelligence on natural perils to a range of entities. WeatherPredict focuses on modeling natural hazards as well as quantifying their effects on the range of exposures at risk. Mr. Tillman leads a dedicated team of scientists with specialties ranging across oceanography, meteorology, wind engineering, aerodynamics and earthquake risk. He has also been a key participant in the development of the Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort and the RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind, as well as RenaissanceRe’s series of Risk Mitigation Leadership Forums that examine the role of mitigation in natural catastrophe risk management. Mr. Tillman also serves as President of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, which supports advanced scientific research in atmospheric risks, the development of risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities, efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters, and organizations that preserve coastal habitats.
Mr. Tillman has been associated with RenaissanceRe since 1996. He was previously Chief Underwriting Officer for Glencoe Insurance Ltd., and also led RenaissanceRe’s Risk Modeling group. Mr. Tillman currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and is Chairman of the Research Advisory Council for the newly built IBHS Research Center. He also serves on the Board of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH) and the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model. Mr. Tillman holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mathematics, as well as the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Risk Management (ARM) designations.
Director, Climate Consulting for Entergy Corporation
Jeff Williams is Director, Climate Consulting for Entergy Corporation. In that capacity he plays an important role helping Entergy manage carbon risk, help business units develop strategy to build resilient communities, prosper in a carbon constrained economy and execute future sustainable growth opportunities. Jeff has been a strong advocate for taking proactive, responsible action to manage climate risks and build cost effective resilience to a changing climate.
Managing Director, RenRe Energy Advisors Ltd
Bill Windle is a Managing Director for RenRe Energy Advisors Ltd., a subsidiary of RenaissanceRe which offers a range of energy and weather-related risk management products around the world. He is responsible for leading all origination activities in the development and execution of risk management products for corporate clients.
Prior to joining RenRe Energy Advisors Ltd., Bill was a founding partner of Takara Capital Management LP, an alternative investment fund focused on weather-centric arbitrage strategies. He has previously held senior positions at Swiss Re Financial Products Corp., Enron Global Markets and Koch Energy Trading, Inc.
Bill attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. Mr. Windle also is a holder of the CFA designation and holds the rank of Captain in the United States Navy Reserve. He is the former President of the Weather Risk Management Association.
Partnership Manager, National Wildlife Federation’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign
Maura Wood is the Partnership Manager for National Wildlife Federation’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign. She works to characterize stakeholder perspectives and engage with stakeholders, agencies, and officials to advance coastal restoration goals and projects.
She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Oceanography and Coastal Science from Louisiana State University. In 2011, she was honored as a “Woman of the Gulf” by the National Audubon Society for her work on the BP Oil Spill.
Executive Director, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Jerome Zeringue currently serves as the Executive Director of the Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). The CPRA’s mandate is to develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan. The CPRA is also directed to implement the integration of hurricane protection, storm damage reduction, flood control, infrastructure, and coastal protection and restoration efforts in accordance with the master plan and annual plans. In partnership with federal, state, and local government, including levee districts, the CPRA is working to establish a safe and sustainable coast to protect Louisiana’s communities, the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come.
After serving as the Executive Director of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District for over a decade, Zeringue joined the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities in May 2008 to serve as Director of Policy and Programs. Soon thereafter, Zeringue assumed the role of Deputy Executive Director of the CPRA and as such, was responsible for organizing, motivating and leading the integration of more than 150 staff that transferred from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, and the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities to form the implementation office for the CPRA. This was a crowning achievement as it marked the first time in Louisiana’s history that a single state entity was responsible for integrating and implementing coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects. In addition, Zeringue serves as Louisiana’s Incident Commander for coastal flood fighting during hurricane and high water events.
Zeringue’s work with the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District included the effort to build comprehensive storm surge protection and wetland restoration projects for Terrebonne Parish and lower Lafourche Parish has served him well in fulfilling his current responsibilities. He also worked as a fisheries biologist at LSU Sea Grant, and assisted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on seafood regulations, then as the coastal resources director for the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, helping establish the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge before taking on the role as the director of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District.
Zeringue was recently named the new management Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance; taking an active lead on behalf of Governor Bobby Jindal. A native of Thibodaux, Zeringue holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a master’s degree in Fisheries Biology both from Louisiana State University.
Attendees of Gulf Coast: Preparing for Extreme Weather Conference
AAA Auto Club South
American National Property and Casualty Company
American Red Cross of Central Texas
Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR)
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin Community College
Boulette & Golden LLP
Building Official Association of Texas
Casey, Gentz & Magness LLP
Center for Housing Policy
Chuck Banks Associates
City of Austin
City of Austin Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
City of Southlake, Texas
City of West University Place
Department of HUD
Environmental Defense Fund
EWI Risk Services
Farmers Insurance Group
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Fireman’s Fund Insurance
Flanagan & Associates, LLC
Florida International University
Focus Insurance Partners
Fort Bend Flood Management Association
Galveston Economics Development Partnershiop
Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity MS Gulf Coast
Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M University
Heartland Institute (CFIRE)
Hurricane Consulting, Inc.
Institute for Business & Home Safety
Insurance Council of Texas
International Code Council
La Department of Insurance/La Citizens Property Ins. Corp
LSU Law Center
Lutheran Disaster Response
Market Based Solutions, LLC
National Lloyds Ins. Co
National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Weather Service
Office of Public Utility Counsel
Office of the Attorney General
PGT Indiustries, Inc.
Reinsurance Association of America
Risk Management Solutions
SC Safe Home Program, SC Dept. of Insurance
Senator Mike Jackson
Senator Rodney Ellis
Senator Roger Wicker
Simpson Strong Tie Co.
Southwestern Insurance Information Service (SIIS)
State Farm Insurance Companies
Texas Association of Business
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Texas Department of Insurance
Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Group
Texas Floodplain Management Association
Texas General Land Office
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Texas Southern University /Texas State University / Texas Tech University
Texas Strategy Group
The Home Depot
THOMPSON COE COUSINS & IRONS LLP
Willis Re Inc.