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Board of Directors

Chair: Linda Langston

Linda Langston has many years of experience in disaster preparedness and resilience. She has been an elected official on the Linn County Iowa Board of Supervisors, Chair of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, the statewide Mental Health Developmental Disability Commission and the Linn County Board of Health. Langston is a former president of the National Association of Counties (2013-2014). She was named the 2009 Americans for the Arts’ Public Official of the Year Award. She was also named Iowa Public Health Official of the Year and to the Hall of Fame for International Women in Emergency Management. Langston also served on the staff of the National Association of Counties as the Director of Strategic Relations. Langston is the former chair of the Resilient America Roundtable for the National Academy of Sciences and served on the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Vice Chair: Ken Crocker

Ken Crocker works with families and organizations as a mediator, organizational consultant, trainer and facilitator. Along with his passion for helping people prepare for and reduce climate change, Ken also volunteers as a mediator through Mediation Works and is passionate about supporting youth through mentoring with Boys to Men of Southern Oregon. He previously worked for Intel Corp. in strategic planning, marketing, competitive analysis, performance modeling, and product definition. He holds 5 patents in the area of computer systems architecture.

Treasurer: Stephen Sendar

Stephen Sendar is an entrepreneur responsible for the initiation and development of a number of successful business ventures. He currently owns and operates a publishing house and leads the board in meeting its fiduciary responsibilities.

Secretary: Matthew McKinnon

Matthew McKinnon is a retired high school teacher who was once honored as Oregon High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Before his teaching career he was in the restaurant business in Portland. He is also a lawyer who has been a member of the Oregon State Bar Association since 1980. A resident of Oregon since 1975, Matthew serves as Board Secretary and the Chairperson of the Governance Committee for Geos Institute.

Michael Berkowitz

Michael Berkowitz is a former Founding Principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst, a global non-profit helping cities and their partners tackle their toughest challenges. He is currently the Executive Director of Climate Resilience Academy at the University of Miami. Previously he joined the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013 to shape and oversee the creation of 100 Resilient Cities. He served as the 100 Resilient Cities President from 2013 to 2019. From 2005 to 2013 he worked at Deutsche Bank, most recently as the global head of Operational Risk Management. In that capacity he oversaw the firm’s operational risk capital planning efforts, served as a primary regulatory contact and connected the myriad operational risk management efforts group-wide. Until January 2005, he was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in New York City where he led an initiative to create OEM’s Public-Private Emergency Planning Initiative and its Ready New York citizen preparedness campaign. He also responded to incidents including the 1999 outbreak of West Nile Fever, Tropical Storm Floyd, major flooding in Southern Queens (1999), the crashes of SwissAir 111 and American Airlines 587, the 2003 Northeast blackout, as well as the 2001 anthrax incidents and the World Trade Center disaster.

Scott Denning, Ph.D.

Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He has written about 100 publications in the peer-reviewed climate literature, is a former editor of the Journal of Climate, and served for five years as founding Science Chair of the North American Carbon Program. He takes special delight in engaging hostile audiences on the subject of climate change and has twice been a featured speaker at the Heartland Institute’s annual conference.

Micah Hahn, PhD, MPH

Dr. Micah Hahn is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health in the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She received her joint PhD in Epidemiology / Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University. Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral fellow for the CDC Climate and Health Program, and in this position worked collaboratively with the CDC Division of Vector-borne Diseases and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her research focuses on understanding the health impacts of climate change and working with communities to develop locally-relevant adaptation and resilience-building strategies. Dr. Hahn is also actively engaged with the Municipality of Anchorage and other Alaskan communities at the intersection of science, policy, and community-based projects. She contributes to initiatives that directly support community resilience, by improving food security and facilitating community conversations around climate mitigation and adaptation, and she convenes a regional network of municipal climate leaders who are working to collaborate and scale their approaches to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Jim Ince

Jim Ince  As a multilingual world traveler based in Bavaria during the 1970s, Jim spent most of this period in India, Afghanistan and Nepal, where he founded and operated a charitable medical clinic serving Tibetan Refugees. He settled in Oregon in 1983 on a forested ranch in the Umpqua National Forest. Very active in conservation and wildlife policy in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, Jim maintains important liaisons with many non-profits in our region, serving on several boards in Oregon.  He is the owner of two small businesses, and has two children, both of whom attend Southern Oregon University.

Frank Nutter

Frank Nutter is the former President of the Reinsurance Association of America. Frank currently serves on the Advisory Board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large-Scale Disasters, the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Board. He has recently served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an adjunct to the Harvard University School of Public Health, Council of the American Meteorological Society, and the Board of the University Center for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of universities managing the National Center for Atmospheric Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and on the Board of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences.

Frank has a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati. The University of Cincinnati awarded Frank the 2020 Kautz Alumni Masters Award. Frank was an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam veteran. He competed in the 2019, 2022 and 2023 Senior Olympics in cycling 

Arsum Pathak, Ph.D.

Arsum Pathak is the Senior Adaptation and Coastal Resilience Specialist for the National Wildlife Federation’s Southcentral Region. In this role, she advances climate adaptation efforts, with a focus on nature-based approaches to address the impacts of climate change and extreme events across the Gulf region. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on climate impact assessments and adaptation solutions. Additionally, she regularly participates in state-based coastal resilience and hazard mitigation planning across the Gulf, collaborating with regional and local stakeholders. Before joining National Wildlife Federation, Arsum earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida, where she researched climate impacts and adaptation decision-making using a systems approach. As a board member of the Geos Institute, she brings her scientific expertise in nature-based adaptation and experience in the non-profit sector to support the organization’s mission and goals.

Andrea Webster

Andrea Webster is the Resilience Policy Advisor for the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency. She works across state agencies and with local governments to increase the state’s resilience to the impacts of climate change. Previously, Andrea worked at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, where she supported Indiana mayors, county officials, and their staff guiding local climate action. From 2013 to 2017, Andrea worked for Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, where she implemented carbon reduction projects in the City’s sustainability plan. Across all of these positions, Andrea has focused on reducing greenhouse gases in the public and private sectors, helping communities access and understand climate projection data, and breaking down barriers to climate action. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington, her a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and her Master of Science in Environmental Studies at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.