Rebuild the Plane Now:

 Recommendations for Improving Government’s Approach to
Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

When: Wednesday, July 19,2017

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

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Baruch College Vertical Campus Conference Center
1 Bernard Baruch Way, Room 14-220, 14th Floor,              (Corner or 24th Street & Lexington Avenue)                  New York, NY 10010

Driving Directions


Athena Johnson 
The Community Preservation Corporation 

Holly Leicht served as HUD’s Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey from 2014 through the end of the Obama Administration.

Her report explores the legal, financial, administrative and coordination challenges of disaster response and presents ways – some simple, some quite complex - that government at all levels can improve the speed and efficiency of disaster recovery. While the report is based primarily on Leicht’s first-hand experience overseeing HUD’s $15.2 billion Superstorm Sandy recovery effort in the New York and New Jersey region, the report also incorporates lessons learned from experts who worked on other natural disasters.

Leicht’s analysis and resulting recommendations will help inform government officials – from Congress to city halls nationwide - who shoulder the responsibility of funding, developing, and implementing recovery efforts as well as plans to protect our communities from future threats.


8:00am – 8:30am: Check-in

8:45am – 10:30am:

Overview of Report & Recommendations

  • Holly Leicht, former U.S. HUD Regional Administrator for New York & New Jersey


  • Holly Leicht
  • James Oddo, Borough President, Staten Island
  • Rafael E. Cestero, President & CEO, the Community Preservation Corporation; former Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)

10:45am – 12:00pm:

Panel Discussion: Recovery Experts Weigh In (moderated by Holly Leicht)

  • Marion Mollegen McFadden, VP Public Policy, Enterprise Partners, Inc.; former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Terrence Brody, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group; former Executive Director, New Jersey Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding (GORR)
  • Brad Gair, Senior Managing Director, Witt O’Brien’s; former Director of Housing Recovery Operations, New York City
  • Christie Peale, Executive Director, Center for NYC Neighborhoods