Meredith Hovis is the new Program Coordinator for one of SECOORA’s affiliate programs, the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP). SCDRP strengthens the ability of the Southeast region’s coastal communities, economies, and environment to recover from coastal storms. The Partnership connects disaster recovery practitioners from public, private, and non-profit backgrounds and provides a platform for training, resources, and relationships that coastal communities need to bounce back.
Meredith earned her Masters in Science in Natural Resources and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Meredith also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering, and Design at North Carolina State University. Currently, Meredith’s research focuses on improving flood resilience in North Carolina using nature-based solutions. Studying at North Carolina State University, she co-developed a pilot flood mitigation program for eastern North Carolina, called “FloodWise”.
“I look forward to meeting, building relationships, and collaborating with everyone at SCDRP. I hope to spend my career in the disaster and resilience space upon graduation, and I’m excited to learn more from and about SCDRP’s diverse community.Meredith Hovis
Within SCDRP, Meredith will support managing monthly membership meetings, monthly Board meetings, and assisting in the planning of the SCDRP Annual Meeting. Meredith will also provide web support, and with her bilingual abilities, Meredith will be able to support our Spanish-speaking Caribbean partners.
Meredith’s experience includes working in natural hazards, disasters, and resilience, conducting research in the Southeast and Caribbean, and organizing events and campaigns. Currently, she lives in Raleigh, NC. She recently published a portion of her doctoral dissertation which can be found in MDPI’s Journal of Sustainability here.