Summary of Experience
Sharyl received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis
on decision- making, behavior change, and policy evaluation in the domains of disaster
preparedness and environmental risk management. She has served on the EERI NorCal Chapter
Board since 2012, with a special interest
in expanding interactions among EERI members,
social scientists, and practitioners, for example through social media and interdisciplinary-themed events. Sharyl currently
works with several California non-profits on stakeholder
engagement strategy, program design, survey and interview
research, and risk communication. In a recent project, she designed and conducted
an online public survey of over 500 Napa area homeowners for the privately-funded
California Earthquake Authority.
Sharyl’s background includes
two years as Visiting
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Mills College,
five years with the US Geological Survey doing loss estimation and spatial risk modeling for a variety of hazards,
and several positions in the affordable housing and community development finance fields while pursuing her Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Chicago, awarded in 2000. She was a graduate EERI/FEMA
NEHRP fellow while completing her doctoral dissertation that assessed the effectiveness and implementation of the City of Berkeley’s
Sharyl additionally holds a B.S. in Geologic
and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University.
It’s been an honor and pleasure
to play an active role in the birth of USRC from June until now. I strongly
believe in the power of information and market-based approaches
to motivate disaster preparedness and mitigation. These ideas
are at the cutting edge of the policy world, and the moment is ripe for USRC to make some well-informed, bold moves in that regard. I bring to the table many years of academic training in a wide range of topics relevant to what USRC is trying to do, but I assure you my objectives and style are highly applied—I want to create and use such insights to get things done and achieve inclusive, meaningful social change.
Some example areas in which I’d like to focus and especially contribute
on the Board are:
· Deepening and widening USRC efforts in the areas of stakeholder engagement
and public education. I see this as critical
to the developing the demand USRC “products” and improving their cost-effectiveness over time, and thus a part of the longer term financial viability and impact of the organization.
· Building USRC’s reputation
and relationships with public sector entities from the local to state to federal and eventually
· Helping USRC identify analogies and apply best practices
from similar efforts
conducted in a wide range of risk contexts
beyond the world of earthquakes, such as flood control, bathing water warnings, radon, and air quality alerts.
This can help USRC set up to successfully expand down the line into building performance ratings products for other hazards.