Maryland Resilience Retreat

November 29 -28 | Reisterstown, MD

The State of Maryland, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Planning and the Maryland Energy Administration, partnered with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) to host a two‐day retreat on policies and strategies to improve resilience.


For a link for the full presentation, click here. 

November 29, 2018

Welcome Remarks and Introductions

  • Speakers
    • Jeff McLeod – Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division – National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
    • Pete Landon – Deputy Chief of Staff – Office of the Governor
    • Russ Strickland – Executive Director – Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Expert Discussion: Promising Practices in Resilience Governance

  • Speakers
    • Bruce Walker – Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity – U.S. Department of Energy
    • Carlos Castillo – Associate Administrator for Resilience – Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Stephen Flynn, Ph.D. – Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute – Northeastern University

State Agency Spotlight: The Department of Planning on the Potential Capabilities of

the State Data Center

  • Speaker
    • Robert McCord, Esq. – Secretary – Maryland Department of Planning

Current State of Resilience

State Agency Spotlight: The Energy Administration on “Resiliency Hubs” and

Combined Heat and Power Programs Contributing to a More Resilient Grid

  • Speaker:
    • Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D., Esq. – Director – Maryland Energy Administration

Lunch & Panel: Private Sector Partners in Resilience

  • Speakers:
    • Michael Flood – National Resiliency Lead – WSP USA
    • Suzanne Mora – Director of Utility Initiatives – Exelon

Maryland State Resiliency Assessment and Planning Tool Results

  • Speakers:
    • Dan Lauf – Program Director, Environment, Energy, & Transportation Division – National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
    • Andrew Asgarali‐Hoffman – Strategy Planner – Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Breakout Session Part I: Defining Resilience and Identifying Current Efforts

State Agency Spotlight: The Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on

the Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in the Resilience Process

  • Speaker:
    • Kelby Brick, Esq., CDI – Director – Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Breakout Session Part II: Developing Strategic Recommendations

Breakout Debrief and Group Feedback Session

November 30, 2018

Welcome Remarks

  • Speaker
    • Brock Long – Administrator – Federal Emergency Management Agency

Level Set

  • Speaker:
    • Maggie Brunner – Program Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety –National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Action Planning Session: Developing a Risk Management Strategic Plan

Action Planning Session: Developing Actionable Goals and Timelines

Group Feedback Session and Next Steps