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Managed Retreat + New York State

Program

2016 - 2017

I spent two years in many roles working on the New York State Buyouts and Aquisitions program. The aim of the Buyout program was to buy out storm and flood-impacted homes at pre-storm value of homeowners seeking to move, assist them in relocating out of the floodplain and areas deemed high risk of future flooding, and restore the natural wetlands in those areas to mitigate future storm and flood impacts. In the Acquisitions program we bought out homeownders and then sold the properties for flood-proof redevelopment on the private market.

Research & Analysis for Resilience

Research & Analysis for Resilience

As a senior analyst in New York's Governor's Office of Storm Recovery I mined, cleaned, and analyzed data; found business solutions for my program; and prepared policy and research reports that were presented to federal, state and local agencies, the press, local communities, and other stakeholders.

I also worked on research on incentivizing participation in voluntary buyout programs which was presented at conferences and in the process of being published.

Strategic Land Use Planning

Strategic Land Use Planning

As Senior program manager and interim director I managed operations, staff, vendors, and reporting of the ~$480M Buyouts & Acquisitions program. I represented the program and agency at public events to engage community members, Worked with other federal, state and local agencies, as well as non-profits and civics associations to meet program goals, and made policy and programmatic decisions within the context of federal, state and local regulations to benefit the program participants and impacted communities.

What is Managed Retreat?

What is Managed Retreat?

Learn more about this adaptation strategy of removing people and assets from high risk areas in my write up about it in the 5th Anniversary Report of Hurricane Sandy.