Alessandra Jerolleman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association in Covington, Louisiana. She is also a Program Specialist in the Gulf Coast with Save the Children USA, working on a resilience initiative around children's needs in emergencies. Ms. Jerolleman currently serves as one of the Tri-Chairs for the National Hazard Mitigation Collaborative Alliance, sits on the board of the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership, and sits on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Public Administration's Section on Emergency and Crisis Management. She is the co-author of a textbook, Natural Hazard Mitigation, which will be published by CRC Press in 2012. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of New Orleans . Ms. Jerolleman has acquired wide-ranging experience in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.