Chairman and President David Dodd has over 28 years of experience in disaster recovery, finance, and economic development. He has served as Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and Chairman of the Resilience Development Institute. He is a Certified Economic Developer and a Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council. He is on the Team of Specialists for the International Center of Excellence (ICoE) and is team leader for the PPP development of standards in emergency healthcare. David has supported recovery efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill, and the 2016 Floods. He supported New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy and Oklahoma after the 2013 tornadoes/storms under a contract with the U.S. Economic Development Administration. David developed an international reputation in disaster recovery in Japan, Mexico, and Thailand. He also served as a government advisor to Australia and the Philippines on economic recovery. David grew up in North Louisiana, graduated from Louisiana Tech and LSU’s Graduate School of Banking, and resides in New Orleans.
Chief Operating Officer Kristin Johnson is a Civil and Environmental Engineer from Lehigh University. Following Hurricane Katrina, she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as an engineer and manager overseeing construction of flood risk reduction including levees, floodwalls, dredging, marsh creation and freshwater diversions. She was an Emergency Operations Liaison to St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes, and worked on coastal restoration in New York after Superstorm Sandy. She also served as Operations Manager for SBP Disaster Recovery in Baton Rouge following the 2016 floods coordinating residential construction for flood survivors, and has engineered systems in Indonesia and Honduras improving access to clean water.
Senior Advisor David Baxter has previously worked as Executive Director of the Institute for Public Private Partnerships. He has also worked as an International Development Director for Jacobs Engineering, Senior Program Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, and provided PPP advisory services to the World Bank, UN Economic Commission for Europe, USAID, MCC, and the Kenyan energy sector under the Power Africa initiative.
Laura Olson, Ph.D.
Special Advisor Laura Olson designs solutions to disaster risk reduction and recovery dilemmas for organizations including UNDP’s Regional Crisis Prevention and Recovery (RCPR) team, and the United Nations University and Munich Re Foundation. Domestically, she designs community-based recovery strategies and processes for FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She works with practitioner networks using vulnerability, risk, and social resilience models to develop community-based approaches to disaster management. Laura Olson holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Alessandra Jerolleman, Ph.D.
Special Advisor Alessandra Jerolleman is Vice President of Louisiana Water Works which includes integrated water management and resilience. Dr. Jerolleman holds a Ph. D. from the University of New Orleans and currently teaches for Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, and Jacksonville State University. Dr. Jerolleman has served as a Program Specialist in the Gulf Coast with Save the Children USA, on a resilience initiative around children’s needs in emergencies. Dr. Jerolleman is one of the founders of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) and served as its Executive Director for its first seven years.
Special Advisor Caitlin Cain has several years of experience in PPP within the New Orleans region, including several efforts in recovery and resilience following Hurricane Katrina. She is the former Director of Economic Development for the Greater New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, where she oversaw several multi-million dollar projects, including rebuilding much of the transportation system in the region.
Special Advisor Dino Paternostro has extensive experience in public policy, health administration, and economic development. He was a founder of the New Orleans Healthcare Alliance, a pioneer in health-related public-private partnerships that developed a comprehensive multi-institutional healthcare recovery and resilience strategy for the New Orleans region.
Special Advisor Chris Feduccia has over 20 years of experience in all facets of development finance, having structured innovative public-private partnership financial leverage mechanisms resulting in over $500 million in tax credit, alternative capital, and financial risk management.
Bill Bersing, DM, PE, CCM
Special Advisor Bill Bersing is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 25 years of success across the energy, engineering, construction, security, IT, and government sectors. Dr. Bersing has held leadership positions at companies including the Institute for Program Solutions PC (IPS), Louis Berger, and Jacobs Engineering. As President of IPS since 2011, he oversees Construction Management and Engineering throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME) to the U.S. DoD, Department of State and several large corporations. Projects have included writing and assisting negotiations for a $750M (PPP) contract between the U.S. government and Dubai Port World.
Special Advisor Sam Tabuchi is the Director of Public Private Partnerships for the Toyo University Graduate School of Business in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Tabuchi has over three decades of expertise in the field, and conducts evaluations of PPP efforts to improve local government worldwide.
Special Advisor Rod Brown is the former Australian Assistant Minister for Transport and Regional Development, and has over 30 years of experience in creation of public private partnerships for effective economic development. He currently runs the Cockatoo Network, an association of over 300 experts in collaborative development from around the world.
Special Advisor Maria Usik is the head of the PPP UNIT of Belarus with unique experience in Public Private Partnership development and implementation. Skilled in Investments, Infrastructure, Development, Business Strategy, Economics, and Project Management. Maria graduated from the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, with a Master of Arts degree in Economics.