Senior Project Manager, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP),
Columbia Climate School
Affiliated with: Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 401 Suite401 New York, NY 10115
Jackie Ratner is the Senior Project Manager at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. With a career-long focus exclusively on hazards and disasters, she’s gained broad knowledge and expertise in disaster preparedness, response, and resilience. Beginning as an earth scientist, she worked in academia to bridge the gap between physical science research and its applications to disaster risk reduction. Her doctoral work explored the applications of a crowd-sourced terrain modeling technology called ‘structure-from-motion,’ focusing on the low cost and accessibility as compared to traditional modeling methods involving satellites and radar. She has researched hurricane evacuation policies pre-and post-Katrina and undertaken extensive international case studies of regions vulnerable to volcanic hazards as part of the STREVA project (Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean). She has led the coordination of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts through the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD), working with non-profit organizations and some of the most vulnerable populations devastated by the storm.
Her advocacy for public access to disaster-specific knowledge has been recognized in awards for science outreach, and she has spoken at the annual conferences of the American Geophysical Union and the European Geophysical Union, as well as numerous smaller conferences. Her BS with honors in geology was awarded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she was accepted to the earth science doctoral program at the University of Oxford.