ADVISE

At SBP, we know that state and local government are the key actors that determine how well communities prepare for and recover from disasters. Despite recovery programs receiving billions of dollars, program implementation and outcomes are untimely and inconsistent, allowing the most vulnerable survivors to slip through the cracks. That’s why our Advise Team is devoted to the empowerment of government capacity – to deliver predictable and equitable recovery to disaster survivors everywhere.

Our work stems from three premises:

(1) State and local governments are best positioned to meet the recovery needs of their most vulnerable citizens.
(2) State and local governments can and must do better at meeting those needs.
(3) SBP is well-positioned to increase capacity, provide training on outcomes-focused program implementation, and share technical knowledge and experience.

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What We Offer

After more than 15 years of serving disaster-impacted communities all over America, we have seen all the ways that the response and recovery process is fragmented, inefficient, and prone to failure. In envisioning a better tomorrow, we have developed a variety of programs to tackle these challenges.

Disaster Response

If you are a local government leader and your community has just experienced a disaster, there are key decisions you can make to shrink the time between disaster and recovery for your most vulnerable citizens.

Long-term Recovery Programs

SBP’s Advise Team, composed of experienced CDBG-DR & MIT program leaders and community development professionals, provides multiple virtual and live training opportunities on proven, best practices and strategies for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of CDBG-DR & MIT program delivery. To learn more about our CDBG-DR & MIT program services, click one of the buttons below.

Mitigation and Resilience Programs

The communities most likely to face disasters and struggle to recover often have the least capacity, experience, and trained personnel to access federal resilience and mitigation programs such as FEMA's FMA, BRIC, and HMGP. To address this issue, SBP's Resilience & Recovery Fellows Program assigns technical experts to low-capacity, rural, small, and medium-sized communities that are considered most vulnerable to disaster. SBP's Fellows provide essential capacity to government offices in underrepresented communities, enabling local governments to listen to diverse stakeholders and lead planning efforts for accessing the federal and philanthropic resources needed to achieve local long-term resilience goals. SBP is also developing training and advisory services on FEMA mitigation and resilience programs to empower state and local public servants for the effective implementation of high-impact projects.

Our Team

JR Sanderson is SBP's Senior Government Adviser. He holds a Master's of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, a Master's of Military Arts and Science, and a Master's of Strategic Studies from Air War College. He is a retired Army officer whose last military assignment was as Chief of Staff for the Army Training Center at Fort Jackson. He is well-known in the disaster recovery field for designing and leading the highly successful South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and Hurricane Florence in 2018. Having developed the strategy for a $157M CDBG-Mitigation grant, JR's disaster recovery efforts in South Carolina resulted in high-quality services being provided to citizens in 22 counties in a record-setting time. For these efforts, Governor McMaster awarded JR the Order of the Palmetto, the State of South Carolina's highest civilian honor.

Reese May is a two-time combat Marine veteran, SBP’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, and oversees SBP’s strategic operations across the United States. In this capacity, Reese consults with community and elected leaders at all levels on how best to develop and implement long-term disaster recovery programs to avoid common mistakes and barriers to a prompt, efficient and predictable recovery. Reese has led SBP’s long-term recovery efforts in Missouri, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas. Reese’s work and policy recommendations to high-ranking government officials following severe flooding in South Carolina, Texas, and elsewhere have enabled communities to recover more efficiently and effectively. Reese holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Truman National Security Fellow.

Michelle Stinnett is SBP's Resilience and Recovery Fellows Program Director. Michelle also serves as an adjunct professor and curriculum developer for SBP's Leader Practitioner Program. She teaches other CDBG‐DR Grantees from around the country how to design, plan, implement, and execute mitigation and recovery programs that reduce risk and help shrink the time between disaster and recovery. She started working in government as a Program Accountant after over a decade in the private sector. Before joining SBP, she ran the $320 million CDBG-DR grant that Colorado received after the 2012 wildfires and 2013 flood for the Department of Local Affairs. She also sat on the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) disaster recovery subcommittee and was an integral part of Colorado's Wildfire State Recovery Task Force and Wildfire Small Business Subcommittee. In addition to her work in disaster recovery, Michelle was also a COVID‐19 pandemic recovery lead, providing management and oversight for the CARES Act, American Rescue Plan Act, and State Stimulus grant funding.

Hannah Trautwein

Hannah Trautwein is SBP's Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Analyst and oversees Advisory and Advocacy projects for SBP. Prior to joining SBP, Hannah worked with the West Virginia Department of Economic Development to implement the CDBG-DR program following the severe storms of 2016. Previously, she served as a Community Partnership Coordinator immediately following the storms of 2016 and oversaw immediate and long-term recovery efforts, consulting with state and local agencies to direct the efforts of over 3,000 volunteers in the years following the historic floods. She was simultaneously certified as a disaster case manager during this time and served with the Kanawha County Long Term Recovery Group. Before her involvement in disaster recovery, Hannah moved from her hometown of Savannah, Ga to central West Virginia, to build homes and support community development efforts in rural Appalachia.