Welcome to my webpage, which showcases my work as an emergency manager, writer, and speaker. My work centers on resilience, from both personal crises and community disasters. I recently completed a full-length book on this subject, Ruin to Rebirth: Transforming Disaster into Resilience.

In addition to working full time on disasters / emergency management, I am also civically involved in my hometown of Long Beach, thrive on public speaking opportunities, enjoy traveling (especially on California road trips), and love to write.

I’ve been working in and around emergency management since 2007, and have spent my entire life living in the beautiful state of California. While I grew up in the tranquil redwoods of Humboldt County and was married there in 2018, I have called Southern California my home since 2008.

My academic background is in Geography, so I’m a definite map nerd and love to geek out on how studying disasters is the perfect lens through which to view the intersection of human and physical geography.

I’m a USC Trojan alum, lifelong Lakers fan, fantasy football enthusiast, craft beer lover (and previous blogger known as Chronic Ales), and live music addict (and previous music performance minor). Cancer survivor since 2012. Married to my best friend, partner in crime and fellow emergency manager Jon Brown. Mom to Scarlett G since 2019 and baby girl number 2 in summer 2021!

2021 Goals:

  • Find a publisher for Ruin to Rebirth
  • Publish a monthly newsletter
  • Begin short video series on Resilience topics
  • Read to my babies daily
  • Continue speaking on Resilience / Recovery


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