External Assessment Panel

Glenn Bell

Glenn Bell
Chief Executive Officer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Glenn Bell is a Senior Principal and CEO of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, where he has practiced for forty years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in seven states and the District of Columbia, a registered Structural Engineer in Illinois, and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. A consultant in design, investigation, and restoration projects, he has lectured and published extensively on technical, managerial, and professional practice in structural engineering. His structural design projects include the Baha'i Temple in Santiago, Chile; Simmons Hall at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Spaceship Earth, the geodesic sphere at Walt Disney World Epcot Center.


Mr. Bell was cofounder of the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, which strives to improve professional practice by learning from failures. He was a member of the SGH team that prepared progressive collapse analyses of World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2 for NIST. Mr. Bell has been active in the earthquake engineering community. He helped to develop Procter and Gamble's Global Earthquake Risk Mitigation Program and has been active in earthquake standards and code development. Mr. Bell received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2014 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, the ASCE 2015 Forensic Engineering Award, and was a 2015 inductee into the University of California, Berkeley, Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Jane Cage

Jane Cage
Principal for Insightfive22

Jane Cage provides practical and extensive recovery experience as an experienced community leader and entrepreneur. She currently serves as Principal for Insightfive22, a consulting firm focused on long-term community recovery and resilience. In that role, Cage has co-authored and instructed "The Resilient Community," a series of workshops to teach resilience practices to non-profit organizations that serve vulnerable populations, helping them prepare for and recover from natural disasters.


Before her role as a consultant, Cage served as Chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizen-led group of over 100 community leaders tasked with developing long-term recovery efforts for Joplin, Missouri, after the 2011 tornado disaster. Acting as a liaison between federal, state, and local government representatives, Cage and her team developed a post-disaster recovery vision that brought national recognition for her work. In 2016, Cage chaired the Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, an event attended by over 300 people from 30 states. She has received numbers of honors and awards throughout her career, including:

  • 2012 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience (Department of Homeland Security)
  • 2013 Kevin Lavan National Leadership Award (National Weather Association)
  • 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award (Wake Forest University)
  • 2016 Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – Meta-Leader of the Year Award
  • 2012 Citizen of the Year (City of Joplin)
  • 2012 50 Missourians You Should Know (Ingram’s Magazine)
  • 2011 IT Hall of Fame Inductee (Computing Technology Industry Association [COMPTIA])
  • Cage received her B.A. in both Economics and Spanish from Wake Forest University. She attended the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University in 2014 and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in 2016.

    Jeffrey Czajkowski

    Jeffrey Czajkowski
    Director of the Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR) for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

    Since February 2019, Dr. Jeffrey Czajkowski serves as the Director of the Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR) for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The CIPR provides research and education to drive discussion and advance thought leadership as well as action on current and emerging insurance issues amongst insurance regulators, policymakers, industry, and academics. This is accomplished through CIPR’s events, research publications, newsletter and website, the Journal of Insurance Regulation, and its extensive NAIC library holdings.


    Prior to joining the CIPR, he served as the Managing Director for the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which for nearly thirty-five years has been at the forefront of providing research-based guidance on managing the risks associated with low-probability, high-consequence events such as natural disasters. During his tenure with the Risk Center he also served as a Senior Research Fellow conducting research on various economic and risk-related issues of natural disasters and resilience, as well as on issues of environmental economics. His work has been published in leading risk management, insurance, natural hazards, and environmental economics journals. A significant amount of his research involves working collaboratively in cross-disciplinary research teams and applying research findings through various interactions with top policymakers and senior executives in the insurance industry. This has included serving on the National Academy of Sciences committees, being an academic advisory board member for the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report, a member of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Resilience Policy Council, a research review board member for the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate Flood Apex program and a fellow for the Willis Research network.

    He holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in environmental and urban systems from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Florida International University. Preceding graduate school, he worked in New York City as a research associate for Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and was a vice-president for JP Morgan. He has taught economic courses at Austin College as well as at Florida International (FIU), Drexel, and Saint Joseph Universities. He was also an adjunct assistant research professor at the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) at FIU.

    Craig Davis

    Craig Davis
    Water System Resilience Program Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

    CRAIG A. DAVIS, Ph.D., PE, GE is the Water System Resilience Program Manager and the Seismic Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Water System. Formerly he held the positions of Geotechnical Engineering and Trunk Line Design Manager and oversaw nearly a billion dollars in the dam and reservoir development, large diameter pipeline installations, and Water System seismic improvement programs. Dr. Davis is currently developing a comprehensive LA Water System seismic resilience and sustainability program.


    He is a California licensed Civil and Geotechnical Engineer and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo, CA, an M.S. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in structural earthquake engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in geotechnical earthquake engineering from the University of Southern California in 2000. He has worked for the LADWP since 1987 where he has investigated and evaluated numerous dams, managed several multimillion dollar projects, and implemented unique and innovative designs. Dr. Davis is appointed to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR). He is the founding Executive Committee chairperson for the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division. Dr. Davis participates in many other national and international professional committees involved in geotechnical engineering and lifeline system resilience and is the founding vice president of the International Society of Lifeline and Infrastructure Earthquake Engineering. He is involved in the utilization of seismic pipes and instigating development of a resilient pipe industry. He was honored with the ASCE 2016 Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction. Dr. Davis has published over 100 technical papers and also organized and coordinated numerous international workshops and symposiums on geotechnical engineering and lifeline system resilience.

    Nancy Wilkins-Diehr

    Nancy Wilkins-Diehr
    Former Associate Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center, retired

    Nancy has been at the San Diego Supercomputer Center since 1993, retiring in 2019 having held a variety of management positions. Nancy's particular expertise is in the development of web interfaces to high performance computing systems, data collections, instruments and other resources fundamental to many of today's research endeavors. Beginning with the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid Science Gateways program in 2005, she has led many programs that support the democratization of access to high end resources. Most recently, she has served as co-principal investigator on both the NSF XSEDE program and the Science Gateways Community Institute, an NSF scientific software innovation institute. She has held leadership roles in hundreds of millions of dollars NSF-funded projects over her career.


    Nancy received her Bachelor's degree from Boston College in Mathematics and Philosophy and her Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University.

    Royce Francis

    Royce Francis
    Dr. Royce Francis leads the SEED research group-Strategic [urban] Ecologies, Engineering, and Decision-making

    Currently, SEED is focusing on decision-analytic sustainability measurement in infrastructure systems, risk-based management of drinking water infrastructure rehabilitation and renewal, and integration of decision modeling with life cycle cost assessment methodologies for evaluating vulnerability of infrastructure systems to natural hazards.


    Dr. Francis research and professional interests are at the interface between environmental and sustainability engineering and policy, including: Risk and occurrence assessment of emerging contaminants; Bayesian statistical modeling; Water infrastructure development, resilience, and sustainability Infrastructure systems analysis; Regulatory risk analysis

    Jim Harris

    Jim Harris
    J. R. Harris & Company


    • Ph.D.(1980), University of Illinois, 1980, Structures and Foundations
    • MSCE (1975), University of Illinois, 1975, Structures
    • BSCE (1968), University of Colorado, 1968, Structures

    Professional Employment:

    • 1984- J.R. Harris & Company, Principal, Denver
    • 1981-84 Structural Consultants, Inc., Principal, Denver
    • 1975-81 National Bureau of Standards, Research Structural Engineer, Gaithersburg, MD
    • 1973-75 University of Illinois, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant
    • 1969-73 Zeiler and Gray, Engineer and Associate, Denver
    • 1968-69 Ken R. White Company, Engineer, Denver

    Selected Awards:

    • Distinguished Service Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, 2010
    • Life Membership, Structural Engineers Association of Colorado, 2008
    • Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007
    • National Academy of Engineering, elected 2005
    • Walter P. Moore, Jr., Award, Structural Eng'g Inst. of the Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers, 2002
    • BSSC Honor Award, Building Seismic Safety Council of the Nat'l Inst. of Bldg Sci, 1997
    • Outstanding Public Service Award, U. S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1986

    Selected Professional Committees and Activities

    • American Concrete Institute: Committee 318, Standard Building Code, 1989-present
    • American Institute of Steel Construction: Task Committee on Seismic Provisions 1999-present; former Chair, Committee for the Design for Blast Resistant Steel Buildings
    • American Society of Civil Engineers: Member 1979-present, and former Chair, Standards Committee for Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7); formerly Chairman, Task Committee on Earthquake Loads; Member 1988-2014 Standards Committee for Loads on Structures During Construction (ASCCE 37); Member, core team for the Pentagon to study building performance in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks
    • Applied Technology Council: President of Board of Directors 2008
    • Building Seismic Safety Council: Member, Provisions Update Committee, chair of committee for the 1985 edition of NEHRP Recommended Provisions (first edition) Mid-American Earthquake Engineering Research Center: former Member, Executive Advisory Board (Chair 2002-3)
    • Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE: President of Board of Governors 2008-2009
    • Structural Engineers Association of Colorado: President 1990; Snow Load Committee
    • The Masonry Society: Board of Directors 2004-2009

    Christopher P. Jones, P.E.

    Christopher Jones is a consultant specializing in coastal flood hazard analysis and coastal building codes. Mr. Jones uses his knowledge of construction and forensic studies to improve coastal hazard mapping and mitigation guidance, and his flood hazard mapping knowledge to inform post-storm damage investigations.

    He has been deployed after major hurricanes since 1995 as part of FEMA's Building Performance Assessment Teams and Mitigation Assessment Teams (Hurricane Opal 1995; Fran 1996; Ivan 2004; Katrina 2005; Ike 2008; Isaac 2012; Sandy 2012). He was a member of the ASCE team investigating 2009 tsunami damage on American Samoa.


    Mr. Jones serves as chair of the ASCE-24 (Flood Resistant Design and Construction) Standards Committee and the ASCE 7 Flood Loads Task Committee. He is a member of the ASCE Codes and Standards Activities Division Executive Committee. He is a member of the ICC-500 (Design and Construction of Storm Shelters) Standard Committee.

    Ifa Kashefi

    Ifa Kashefi, Ph.D., S.E.
    Development Projects Consultant; Former Chief of the Permit and Engineering Bureau, Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS)(ret.)

    Dr. Kashefi has over 35 years of structural engineering experience and extensive managerial and leadership experience in the private and public sectors. She has excellent knowledge of building and zoning codes, and throughout her career she has overseen, advised and guided numerous development projects smoothly through the permitting process. Before retiring from the City, she served as the LADBS Permit and Engineering Bureau Chief (2008-2018). In her role, she directed the entire Bureau’s operations in 5 offices with over 350 employees. Her responsibilities included leading the Department-wide plan checking and permit issuance operations, managing LADBS Construction Service Centers, developing technical and operational enhancement programs, and enacting the Bureau’s administrative policies. Dr. Kashefi was also a key member on the Mayoral Seismic Safety Task Force for Los Angeles’ Resilience by Design report, which addressed the city’s greatest seismic vulnerabilities and provided recommendations to improve seismic preparedness.


    She is an active member of the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council and a past President (2013). Also, she served on the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Board of Directors (2012-2014) and was an involved member and speaker in many of the SEAOSC’s events. She also serves on a variety of other professional organizations, such as the Buildings Subcommittee of the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Advisory Committee. She is a registered Structural Engineer (SE) and Civil Engineer (PE) in the state of California.


    • Ph.D. - Civil/Earthquake Engineering, University of Southern California
    • M.S. - Civil Engineering, University of Southern California
    • B.S. - Structural Engineering, Aryamehr (Sharif) University of Technology, Iran
    Leon Kempner

    Leon Kempner
    Principal Structural Engineer, Transmission Engineering (TEL-TPP3), Bonneville Power Administration/USDOE

    Dr. Kempner has 41+ years of experience as a structural engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration, USDOE. Assignments have included structural engineering analysis, design, assessment, and research of transmission line facilities (transmission line towers, substation and microwave structures, and seismic upgrade high-voltage transmission line facilities). The last 20+ years Dr. Kempner has been performing seismic evaluation, research, qualifications, standards development, and mitigation design of the Bonneville Power Administration transmission line facilities.



    • University of Nebraska, Omaha, B.S.C.E., Civil (Structural) Engineering, With Distinction, 1972
    • Oregon State University, M.S., Civil (Structural) Engineering, 1974
    • Portland State University, Ph.D., System Science: Civil Engineering, 1997

    National Professional Awards:

    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE), Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, 2009
    • ASCE, Committee on Electrical Transmission Structures, Gene Wilhoite Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award, 2001

    Member of the following technical committees:

    • ANSI/ASCE, Standard 48 - Design of Transmission Pole Structures,
    • ANSI/ASCE, Secretary, Standard 10 - Design of Latticed Steel Transmission Structures,
    • IEEE, Co-Vice Chair, Standard 693 - Seismic Design of Substation Structures,
    • National Electrical Safety Code Subcommittee 5, Overhead Lines (Strength and Loading),
    • National Electrical Safety Code, Executive Subcommittee,
    • CIGRE, US Representative and Convenor, WG24 "Static and Dynamic loads on Overhead Transmission Lines" of Study Committee B2 (Overhead Line),
    • ASCE M-74, Committee on Electrical Transmission Structure Loadings,
    • ASCE M-113, Committee on Substation Structure Design,
    • ASCE 7, Ice Subcommittee,
    • CEATI (Centre for Energy Advancement Though Technology Innovation) International, Overhead Transmission Line Design Working Group,
    • EPRI, Inter-Utility Seismic Design Group.

    Dr. Kempner has over fifty technical papers discussing structural engineering (analysis, design, and research) of transmission line facilities. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.) in the States of Washington and Oregon.

    Scott Miles

    Scott Miles
    Dr. Scott Miles is an expert on disaster risk reduction, community resilience, disaster recovery, simulation modeling, and human centered design

    He is a senior research scientist in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington. He is Director of Impact360 Alliance. Prior to UW, he was instrumental in establishing Western Washington University’s disaster risk reduction undergraduate program, as well as WWU’s Resilience Institute.


    Dr. Miles received his Ph.D. in geography from UW, where he studied the synergy between urban geography, geological hazards, disaster recovery, simulation modeling, and collaborative process design. He has a post-graduate diploma from the University of Edinburgh in GIS and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

    James Newman

    James Newman
    James (Jay) Newman is a Public Sector Specialist, specializing in disaster and climate resilience, at the World Bank Group (WBG).

    He leads efforts at WBG’s Governance Global Practice (GGP) to scale up climate action with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Jay is a member of GGP’s core team on climate change, including policy dialogue, public financial management (PFM), public investment management, and inter-governmental fiscal management. He is also developing products to assist national and sub-national governments mainstreaming climate and disaster risk management in finance, planning, and budgeting.


    Prior to joining GGP, Jay was a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) working on DRM and urban operations in Bhutan, Ecuador, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, and developing DRM knowledge products on urban resilience, resilient infrastructure, and cultural heritage and tourism. He also served as coordinator for GFDRR's DRM Hub in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining GFDRR, he worked for the City of Baltimore in finance and performance management. Studying economics and public policy, he has a Master’s from Georgetown and Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. As an adjunct professor, he has taught urban management, public policy, and statistics at University of Baltimore’s Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program.

    Brenda Phillips

    Brenda Phillips
    Brenda Philips is a Research Professor and Co-Director of CASA, the center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere at UMass-Amherst, which was originally funded as an NSF engineering research center between 2003-2013.

    CASA creates next-generation environmental sensing and warning systems for socio-economic benefit. Her research focuses on severe weather warning as a sociotechnical system; risk perception and response; living lab test beds; and co-creation with users.


    She currently leads CASA Dallas Fort Worth Living Lab for Severe Weather Warning, a socio-technical system of sensors, weather products, communications and networking, and decision support tools used for warning and response by NWS forecasters, emergency managers, broadcast media, industry, and the public. The lab functions simultaneously as a real-time warning system, an interdisciplinary research platform, and vehicle for co-creation with users. She has a BA and MBA from Yale, and is working towards a doctorate in Resource Economics at UMass-Amherst.

    David Rosowsky

    David Rosowsky
    David Rosowsky served for six years as Senior Vice President and Provost of the University of Vermont (2013-2019). As the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer he worked closely with the President, the Board of Trustees, the deans, the vice presidents, and other members of the President’s cabinet.

    As the academic leader of the campus, the Provost has direct responsibility for the academic colleges and schools, the College of Medicine, UVM Extension, Continuing Education, student life and services, enrollment management functions, the university library, the university museum, and numerous offices, centers and programs. As the chief budget officer, Dr. Rosowsky had responsibility for aligning resource allocation with strategic initiatives. He was responsible for enhancing the University’s intellectual climate, strengthening instruction and scholarship, advancing diversity, creating an outstanding student experience, promoting student access to success, and identifying investments and efficiencies to ensure a sustainable future.


    Since 1990, Dr. Rosowsky has conducted research in the areas of structural reliability, performance of wood structural systems, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability-based codified design. His current research addresses three topics: (1) behavior of the built environment subject to natural hazards, (2) modeling and analysis of load effects on buildings and other structures with particular emphasis on complex environmental phenomena, and (3) performance-based engineering for design, post-disaster condition assessment, and loss estimation studies. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Structural Safety and is a past editorial board member of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and the journal Natural Hazards Review. Dr. Rosowsky has authored or co-authored more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. A recognized expert in the field of structural reliability, he has been invited to present his research work around the world including invited lecturers in France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has supervised more than 20 Masters and Doctoral students. He is the recipient of the ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, the T.K. Hseih Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and the ASCE Norman Medal. Dr. Rosowsky maintains a research program in wind and earthquake engineering and continues to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. He is a member of numerous editorial boards, national technical committees, is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds the rank of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute.

    Rae Zimmerman

    Rae Zimmerman
    Rae Zimmerman is currently Research Professor and Professor Emerita of Planning and Public Administration at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, following her previous full-time position as Professor of Planning and Public Administration at NYU-Wagner

    Dr. Zimmerman also currently directs the NYU-Wagner’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, initially funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on urban infrastructure interconnectivity, resilience of public services in extreme events, and the influence of human behavior on services. She also developed graduate courses in these areas. During her over 40 years at NYU, she has had over four dozen research grants that are currently in infrastructure interdependencies and sustainability, COVID-19 related food consumption patterns, climate change, risk communication, and human usage patterns for energy, transportation and water.


    Funding sources include the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Transportation many through university research centers. In these areas she has authored or co-edited a half dozen books, including Transport, the Environment and Security, and authored or co-authored almost 200 other publications and research reports at the intersection of infrastructure and hazards fields, including the direction of public engagement processes in these areas. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past president and Fellow of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and recipient of SRA’s 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award and 2015 Outstanding Service Award. Her previous professional appointments include member of the first and third New York City Panel on Climate Change and two National Academies committees: the National Research Council Committee on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection, co-chairing its physical security subcommittee. URL:http://wagner.nyu.edu/zimmerman


    • B.A. Chemistry, University of California (Berkeley),
    • Master of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania,
    • Ph.D., Planning, Columbia University,