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Lauren Alexander Augustine

Director of the Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events in the Office of Special Projects at the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Director of the Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events in the Office of Special Projects in the Division of Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Division of Earth and Life Studies. Dr. Augustine directs the Resilient America Roundtable and the International Forum on CBRN Resilience, and she is the staff lead for the cross-Academies Resilience Working Group.

She serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience and is a member of the Advisory Board for the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange program.

Her most recent positions have entailed developing a portfolio on natural disasters and how science can inform policy to reduce disaster risks and build and enhance society’s resilience to these risks. Dr. Augustine earned her Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program at Harvard University that combined hydrology, geomorphology, and landscape ecology.