Community Resilience


Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. RAND has implemented and evaluated community resilience-building activities worldwide and identified opportunities to integrate the non-profit and for-profit sectors in public health and emergency preparedness, infrastructure protection, and the development of economic recovery programs.

  • SFC Eladio Tirado, who is from Puerto Rico, speaks with residents as he helps during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, October 7, 2017


    How to Rebuild After This Year's Hurricane Season? Invest in Resilience

    Nov 6, 2017

    Investing in resilience in an informed and systematic way can help a wide range of high-risk communities be better prepared for any future disasters.

  • An attendee at a community meeting reads materials about aging in place in West Hollywood, California, May 9, 2015


    Improving Older Adults' Disaster Resilience

    Jan 23, 2018

    Most organizations that promote aging in place do not place a high priority on promoting disaster preparedness. And the resilience activities of public health departments are not focused on older adults. Tailoring existing activities to the needs of older adults could improve their disaster preparedness and resilience.

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    Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers

    Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education B.A. in integrated strategic communication; advertising and sociology; classical, University of Kentucky; Graduate Certificate in health communication, University of Kentucky; M.A. in communication; mass media, risk, crisis, University of Kentucky; Ph.D. in communication; science, strategic, organizational, University of Kentucky

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    Benjamin Lee Preston

    Director, Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in environmental biology, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in biology, College of William & Mary

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    Jamie Ryan

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy, Columbia University; B.S. in biopsychology, Tufts University

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    Elizabeth Thornton

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in climate and society, Columbia University; B.A. in mass communication, Loyola University New Orleans

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    Melissa L. Finucane

    Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, University of Western Australia

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    Meghan Franco

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in biological sciences, concentration in biology and society, Arizona State University

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    Bill Gelfeld

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS; M.A. in education, Stanford University; M.A. in history, University of Texas at San Antonio; B.A. in economics, political science, Duke University

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    Celia J. Gomez

    Associate Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ed.D. in human development and education, Harvard University; Ed.M. in prevention science and practice, Harvard University; B.A. in psychology and African American Studies, Yale University

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    Stefanie Howard

    Assistant Dean, Admissions and Strategic Initiatives, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in higher education and organizational change, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics and sociology, University of California, Davis

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    Drake Warren

    Policy Researcher
    Education PhD in spatial analysis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA in economics, Northwestern University; BA in mathematical economic analysis, Rice University

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    Sarah Weilant

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, American University

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    Douglas Yeung

    Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, Rutgers University; B.S. in management science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology