Impact360 welcomes new staff to assist with the mission of elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce the impacts of disasters and natural hazards.

Program Manager

Zane Beall

Zane was introduced to emergency management as an undergraduate at Western Washington University and has lived at the intersection of research and practice since then. Before joining Impact360, he worked as a Senior Consultant supporting local and state agencies on emergency planning and community resilience projects. His intersectional knowledge and experience make Zane a good fit for Impact360. As the organization works to remove barriers between research and practice, it requires empathy with multiple approaches and the need to find new synergies. As Program Manager, Zane is most excited about identifying early adopters and change agents who want to integrate a new way of thinking into how they solve problems.

Design Strategy Manager

Jamie Albrecht

While working on a master’s degree in the City and Regional Planning program at the University of California, Berkeley, Jamie developed a passion for city planning for natural hazards. In graduate school, she co-wrote the City of Berkeley’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and ushered it through the local, state, and federal approval process. Before that, Jamie helped start 18F, an organization inside the federal government, improving the user experience of government. Serving as a Content Designer and User Researcher at 18F, she partnered with agencies such as NASA, the Department of Interior, and the National Library of Medicine. Her experience as an academic and practitioner in the natural hazard field, and her time designing with and for the federal government has uniquely prepared her to be Design Strategy Manager at Impact360. Jamie is thrilled to facilitate inclusive problem-solving and introduce new ways of working together in her new role.

Communications and Engagement Manager

Daphne Thompson

With a meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma, Daphne is familiar with issues caused by disasters and natural hazards. She has worked for the NOAA National Weather Service and National Severe Storms Lab. Along with government experience, Daphne has worked for emergency management and the private industry. In her most recent position, she worked in marketing handling communication and social media. This experience makes Daphne a perfect fit for the Communications and Engagement Manager. She looks forward to finding new ways of introducing the mission of Impact360 to both research scientists and practitioners.

We’ll be sharing more information about Zane, Jamie, and Daphne on social media during October. And in the coming months, you’re going to see additional details about projects we are working on that align with Impact360’s pillars. Make sure you’re following us.

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Reducing natural hazard impacts and disaster risk requires better communication and collaboration between researchers and practitioners. We want to hear from you: What are the challenges and victories you encounter with integrating research and practice in your work?

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