10th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference Day 1

During Day 1 of the Building Resilience conference, leaders from government, nonprofits, and private industry spoke about how to build a resilient future that drives opportunity, prosperity, security, and advancement for all.


Air Date: July 27, 2021

Moderator: Marc DeCourcey, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Featured Guests: Robert Glenn, Director, OB3I, FEMA, Jennifer Pipa, Vice President, Disaster Programs, American Red Cross, Lance Pierce, CEO, Net Hope, Dr. Michael Snyder, Director, Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Snyder Lab, Stanford Medicine, Bettina Stix, Director, Right Now Needs and Disaster Relief, Amazon in the Community, Bill Raisch, Executive Director, International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP), New York University, Diana Yassanye, Public-Private Partnerships Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deanne Criswell, Administrator, FEMA, Alejandro Contreras, Director of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination, Office of Disaster Assistance, Small Business Administration, Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Bush, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, Office of Community Planning, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Camille Crain, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Section Chief, FEMA, Luke Apicella, Investment Manager, Impact Investments, Prudential, Justin Land, Program Officer, Global Citizenship, Dow, Brig Gen Peter "Coach" Fesler, NORAD J3 Deputy, United States Air Force, Claudine Zukowski, Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, Procter & Gamble, Scotty Blankenship, Senior Director, Procurement, Tyson Foods, Inc., LTG A.C. Roper, Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command and Vice Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Gloria D. Steele, Chief Operating Officer, CARE USA, Dr. Rachel Nugent, Vice President, Global Noncommunicable Diseases, RTI International, Dr. Angela Wakhweya, Senior Director, Health Equity and Rights Team, CARE USA, Melissa Brotz, Vice President of Global Marketing and External Affairs, Abbott, Adrianne Todman, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Brooks Nelson, Senior Manager, Walmart, Sylvia Bartley, Senior Director, Medtronic Foundation, Nicolette Louissaint, Executive Director, Healthcare Ready, Justin Knighten, Director, Office of External Affairs, Office of the Administrator, FEMA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND, convened to host the 10th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference.

COVID-19 has impacted every community, but recovery has not been the same. The pandemic has exposed deep-rooted vulnerabilities and shown why we as a society need to work together to increase our resilience and elevate the equity of every individual. Now is the opportunity to strengthen partnerships. Together, we can shape a resilient future that drives opportunity, prosperity, security, and advancement for all.

Discussions at the conference addressed the collaboration required among private, public, and nonprofit sectors to help mitigate the effects of all disasters. These included how to build resilience against all hazards while looking ahead to future emergencies and how we can be better prepared through greater collaboration across sectors.

Day 1 included the following topics:

  • Lessons from private-public partnerships developed in response to a year of disasters, crises, and the pandemic.
  • Insights on the broadening range of frequency and types of disasters we are confronted with and how we define resilience going forward.
  • How companies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges during the last year.
  • Remarks from senior administration officials on new initiatives and the way forward.
  • How private and public sectors are addressing issues of equity in disaster response and recovery.

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