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Desmian Alexander

Education

Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California; Master of Planning, University of Southern California; and Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish, Fisk University

Background

Seeing the environmental, social, and economic effects of Hurricane Katrina drove Desmian's interest in environmentalism, disaster management, and poverty alleviation. After graduating from Fisk University, Desmian volunteered for two years with the American Red Cross in San Antonio on their Disaster Action Team. Desmian seeks to treat climate change as the true threat to national security that it represents by designing communities and cities with that in mind. 

Career Goals

Desmian plans to be the Chief Resilience Officer of a major U.S. city.


Austin Anderson

Education

Master of Urban Planning and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, University of Southern California; Master of Public Administration, Hamline University 

Background

Austin’s interest in homeland security and emergency management stems from seeing the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007 and from observing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Austin sees both events as resulting from are city planning issues, which he wishes to confront and prevent in the future. 

Career Goals

Ten years from now, Austin intends to work in homeland security in the capacity of planning the recovery efforts of crisis management.


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Adali Arroyo

Education

Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC); Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Background

Born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles, Adali knows firsthand the need for increased disaster preparedness in South Central and across similar communities. He knows it is critical that these communities become more aware of their vulnerabilities and increase their preparedness for inevitable disasters.

Prior to joining HSAC, Adali worked for the City of Bell Gardens and Animo James B. Taylor Middle School in Watts. He holds a Master of Public Policy from USC and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. 

Career Goals

Ten years from now, Adali will be helping with the reformation and drafting of both existing and forthcoming crisis management policies, specifically concerning vulnerable populations.

Interests

Physical activity has become an important part of Adali’s life. Exercising and playing sports not only helps with his physical well-being, but also they serve as effective stress relievers. Additionally, Adali enjoys listening to podcasts.          


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KELSEY SOMMERVILLE

Education

Master of Public Policy, Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications, Azusa Pacific University

BACKGROUND

Kelsey’s interest in emergency management began when she took a graduate class taught by HSAC’s Jim Featherstone. As a native of Ventura, California, Kelsey’s friends and family were affected by several recent disasters, including the Thomas Fire, the Woolsey Fire, and the Borderline Shooting. Witnessing the responses and recoveries to these crises gave Kelsey a greater appreciation and respect for public safety professionals and crisis managers.

Prior to joining HSAC, Kelsey was the Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Pastor at Malibu Presbyterian Church. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to intern for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Career Goals

Ten years from now, Kelsey plans on being a key contributor to the advancement of crisis management practices in the Greater Los Angeles region through preparedness and innovation.

Interests

Kelsey is an avid reader, a fan of sports (especially the Los Angeles Lakers), and someone who values health and well-being.