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2018 Bay Area Regional Community Resilience Summit

Welcome to the 2018 Regional Community Resilience Summit!

Thank You for Attending!

Event Details

Thank you for RSVPing to attend the 2018 Regional Summit on Community Resilience.  Below are details that we hope will contribute to your experience.

Date: Wednesday, May 16


  • 8:00am – The doors to City Hall will open and the registration and continental breakfast station will be available to attendees.
  • 8:30am – Program Begins
  • 3pm – Program Concludes

Location:  The Summit will be held in the North Light Court of San Francisco’s City Hall on the Main Floor. You can access it right off of the Rotunda.


  • Personal Vehicle – There is limited street parking in the Civic Center.  We recommend parking your vehicle in the Civic Center Garage whose entrance is on McAllister.
  • Passenger Drop-off – There are white zones located at the Van Ness and 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett entrances.
  • Mass Transportation: City Hall is easily accessible by Mass Transportation.
  • BART: Civic Center/UN Plaza Station
  • MUNI SUBWAY: Van Ness Station
  • MUNI Buses: 47 Van Ness stops in front of City Hall

Access and Functional Needs Support:

  • The Summit will have ASL and Close Captioning available.
  • If you have any additional needs, please contact Rusell.Allen@sfgov.org.

NOTICE: The Summit will be videotaped and shown on SF GOVtv.

Time Session Speakers
8:00 Registration/Continental Bksf  
8:30 Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighborhood Empowerment Network
  • Mark L. Benthien, Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance



9:00 Resilientville Icebreaker  
9:45 Break  
10:00 HayWired Scenario
  • Dale A. Cox, Project Manager, United States Geological Survey


10:30 Empowered Communities Program
  • Felisia Thibodeaux, Program Manager, Resilient Bayview
  • Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighborhood Empowerment Network
 Time  Session  Speakers
11:00 Keynote Address: The Essential Role of Social Cohesion In Creating Resilient Communities
  • Daniel P. Aldrich, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science & Public Policy, Northeastern University
11:30 Lunch/Break
12:30 Panel: Advancing Equity in   Our Pursuit of Resilience


  • Felisia Thibodeaux, Program Manager, Resilient Bayview
  • Chris Iglesias, CEO, The Unity Council
  • Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer, Chaplain, SFPD
  • Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, State of California


1:00 Table-level Discussion: Sharing Lessons Learned from the Field
  • Mark L. Benthien
  • Daniel Homsey
1:30 Report-Out Session  
2:00 Where we go from here  
2:30 Closing Remarks & Raffle  
3:00 End
Featured Speakers

Dale A. Cox is the Project Manager and co-creator of USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project. Dale led over 300 scientists and experts in 2008 to create the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario. Dale also created the “The Great ShakeOut”, an international event occurring annually with over 40 million participants.curring annually with over 40 million people participating.

Daniel P. Aldrich is an academic in the fields of political science and Asian studies and is currently professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University. His book, Building Resilience, explores how communities around the world respond to and recover from disaster.

Felisia Thibodeaux is the Executive Director of IT Bookman Community Center. She has been serving the public for over 25 years and coordinates Resilient Bayview (Empowering Communities Program HUB) which facilitates meeting and trainings to improve community resiliency in Bayview and Hunters Point.

Chris Iglesias is the CEO of The Unity Council, one of East Oakland’s most vital community assets, a 53-year-old Social Equity Development Corporation. Mr. Iglesias oversees The Unity Council’s intergenerational pathway programming for 8,000 individuals and families dedicated to achieving their education, career, financial and housing goals.


Luis “Vance” Taylor is Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access or functional needs are identified before, during and after disasters and integrated into the State’s emergency management systems.


The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer is the pastor at Grace Lutheran in the Sunset District and a chaplain for the SFPD. With over 15 years experience working with the homeless and hungry in San Francisco, Megan preaches and teaches internationally about homelessness and LGBTQ issues. Megan received an honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion from Wisdom in Action with His Holiness the Dali Lama, is an award winning LGBTQ historian and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender nonfiction.


The Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cohort of agencies with a single mission: Build truly resilient neighborhoods that can withstand stress of any kind at the individual, organizational and community levels.