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Disaster Response Reform Task Force

BPC’s Disaster Response Reform Task Force is a bipartisan group of emergency management and disaster recovery experts with diverse expertise from prior roles in government, the private sector, and nonprofits.

First convened in 2020 and relaunched in 2023, the bipartisan task force is working to:

  1. Identify and document the most problematic and pervasive barriers to providing critical federal aid to communities in crisis and promoting speedy and equitable disaster recoveries
  2. Create a broad-based, bipartisan understanding of, and a sense of urgency around, needed reforms
  3. Advance policies that will improve the provision of federal disaster assistance and the lives of disaster survivors
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Task Force Co-Chairs

Peter Gaynor
Vice President, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Hill International; Former FEMA Administrator
Pamela Hughes Patenaude
Board Member, BPC; Former HUD Deputy Secretary

Task Force Members

Kevin Bush
Principal, Resilient Infrastructure, Cadmus Group; Former HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs and District of Columbia Chief Resilience Officer
Jeffrey Byard
Vice President of Operations, Team Rubicon; Former FEMA Associate Administrator and Executive Operations Officer, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Fernando Gil-Enseñat
Principal, FGE LLC; Former Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing
Stan Gimont
Senior Advisor for Community Recovery, Hagerty Consulting; Former HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary
Jennifer Gray Thompson
CEO, After the Fire USA
Bryan Koon
Chief Executive Officer, IEM; Former Florida Director of Emergency Management
Reese May
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, SBP
Ben Metcalf
Managing Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, University of California-Berkeley; Former Director, California Department of Housing and Community Development
Neal Rackleff
Attorney at Law, Rackleff LLP; Former HUD Assistant Secretary
Chauncia Willis
Co-Founder and CEO, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

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