Laurie Van Leuven is a fellow at FEMA, Protection and National Preparedness. She works with FEMA on projects related to her published research on social media technologies to improve community engagement and resiliency during emergencies. She is also working with the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate on its Enterprise Risk Management Initiative for public/private critical infrastructure owners/operators. Her home agency is Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) where she is a strategic advisor and manager, responsible for physically securing utility assets and ensuring critical infrastructure protection for the regional drinking water system for 1.4 million people in Seattle and neighboring communities as well as protecting the wastewater, drainage and flood control, and solid waste/debris management systems.
Ms. Van Leuven has extensive experience in essential utility service delivery, COOP programs, enterprise risk management, vulnerability assessments, strategic and emergency planning, and incident management within an EOC environment, sector interdependencies, and local and state collaboration.