Urban Resilience Strategies consults with public sector institutions, local jurisdictions, and regional agencies on urban policy, resilience practice and comprehensive risk management. Recent clients include public, private and nonprofit agencies such as: 

  • Association of Bay Area Governments
  • California Energy Commission
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • County of San Francisco
  • City of Palo Alto
  • District of Columbia
  • Lifeline Sector Firms
  • University of California, Berkeley

Current and Recent Projects


  • Advising the Association of Bay Area Governments on its Resilience Initiative to develop and apply regional resilience and disaster recovery planning
    • Coordinating 100 Resilience Cities Initiative Planning in the San Francisco bay area
    • Provide strategic planning and policy guidance on FEMA Regional Resilience Initiative 
    • Chair Loma Prieta 25th Anniversary Policy Symposium (learn more)
  • Providing consultation to City & County of San Francisco on incorporating disaster recovery and resilience into enterprise risk management operations
    • Chair Lifelines Council Working Group on regional coordination on utility services
    • Support disaster readiness planning for Risk Management Office and General Services Agency


  • Supported development of long term disaster recovery plan for Washington D.C.
  • Assisted City of Palo Alto, California to develop a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  • Advised on project with the California Energy Commission on the implementation of energy assurance plans for California cities
  • Assessed state of disaster readiness for City of Palo Alto, California’s local government and community agencies and institutions:
    • Developed recommendations to address operational improvements to existing Office of Emergency Services, including inter-departmental coordination; inclusion of capital planning to mitigate seismic vulnerability; and quantified disaster loss estimates
  • Coordinated City of Berkeley and University of California, Berkeley efforts to convene all University of California and California State University system cities and campuses for a disaster and economic resilience conference with senior elected and appointed officials
  • Worked with ICF International team to assess Pacific Gas and Electric’s systemic disaster readiness, including gap analysis of current response and recovery practices, and develop improvement recommendations
  • Assessed U.S. federal- and state-level seismic safety practices for schools for U.S. State Department, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and GeoHazards International effort to establish international mitigation initiative.
  • Advised as disaster recovery expert on development of Regional Catastrophic Response Plan for the metropolitan New York City area