Miriam Belblidia

Interim Director, Center for Disaster Management
Visiting Senior Lecturer


Miriam Belblidia joined the GSPIA faculty in 2018 as a Visiting Senior Lecturer and interim Director of the Center for Disaster Management, which advances the study and practice of emergency management through research, education, and collaboration. She has served as the CEO of Water Works since 2012, overseeing a diverse portfolio of projects providing program, planning, and policy expertise to government agencies and communities. She is one of the founders and first President of the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, a 300-member regional water management group.

Previously, she worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the City of New Orleans, where she administered federal hazard mitigation grants, coordinated the 2010 Orleans Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan update, and led efforts to develop the City's Stormwater Management Program. She has served as a resilience and hazard mitigation subject matter expert, and has coordinated workshops and webinars at the local, state, and multi-jurisdictional levels.

Belblidia received a Fulbright Fellowship in Water Management (2010) to conduct research in the Netherlands. She has published research on the role of information technology in community resilience, fraud in post-disaster environments, and analysis of the Flint Water crisis. 

Skills & Areas of Specialty 

· Hazard mitigation policy and regulatory expertise
· Small business continuity 
· Green infrastructure and low impact development
· Community engagement with equity lens
· Participatory planning and co-creation models 
· Federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs 
· Community Rating System and National Flood Insurance Program 
· Facilitation and convening 

Relevant Experience 

Rapides Parish Comprehensive Resiliency Plan, Rapides Area Planning Commission, 2015-2017

Main Street Resilience Plan, City of New Orleans, 2015-2016

Neighborhood Water Wise, Environmental Protection Agency and Greater New Orleans Foundation, 2013-2014

Water Challenge Accelerator Consultant, Idea Village and Propeller, 2013-2018


Graves, J., Jerolleman, A., Belblidia, M. (In Press). Financing the Disaster of Public Infrastructure. In B. Stabile & T. Neaves (Eds.) Flint Water Crisis. Arlington, VA: George Mason University. 

Jerolleman, Alessandra, Hodges, Race., and Belblidia. Miriam. (Forthcoming). "Preventing Fraud vs. Preventing Risk Reduction — Are we focusing too much on making sure that people don't cheat?" in Kushma, Jane. Exploiting the Opportunities for Adaptation and Innovation." Elsevier Press. 

Jerolleman, Alessandra and Belblidia, Miriam. (Forthcoming). "Current and Future Directions in Hazard Mitigation Policy" in Islam, Tanveer. Innovating and Adapting to Reduce Disaster Losses. Elsevier Press. 

Belblidia, Miriam. "Building Community Resilience through Social Networking Sites: Using Online Social Networking Sites for Emergency Management" in International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (2012). 

Professional Affiliations & Achievements 

· Association of State Floodplain Managers (2010-Current)
· Louisiana Association of Floodplain Managers (2010-Current) 
· Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (2010-Current) 
· ASPA Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (2009-2016)
· Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, Research and Policy Chair (2015-2016)
· FEMA's Risk Index Natural Hazards Working Group (2016-2017)
· Institute of Environmental Communication Fellow, Loyola University (2013)
· Building Resilience Workshop Coordinator (2012-2013)
· Public Leaders Fellow, Puentes New Orleans/ Neighborhood Partnership Network (2012-2013) 
· Water Challenge Finalist, Water Works (2012-2013)
· Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (2011)
· Fulbright Program, State Department (2010-2011)

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