Miriam Belblidia, CFM, MPA
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Miriam is a leader in floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and stormwater best management practices. Miriam is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), received a Fulbright Fellow in water management to conduct research in the Netherlands, and worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the City of New Orleans. Miriam brings policy and program expertise, with extensive experience in flood mitigation, stormwater management, National Flood Insurance Program, hazard mitigation funding and planning.
Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM
Specialist, Community Resilience and Hazard Mitigation
Alessandra joined the Water Works team in November 2014. She currently teaches for Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, and Jacksonville State University. Dr. Jerolleman’s experience includes the following: working as the lead grant writer and emergency planner for the First Peoples’ Conservation Council, community based resilience planning across the United States, serving as a Program Specialist in the Gulf Coast with Save the Children USA, working on a resilience initiative around children’s needs in emergencies; hazard mitigation planning at the local, state and campus level; community education and outreach regarding mitigation measures and preparedness; development of collaborative networks and information sharing avenues among practitioners; and, delivery of training and education to various stakeholders.
Dr. Jerolleman is one of the founders of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) and served as its Executive Director for its first seven years. She is involved in various aspects of planning and policy and the national and local level, including participation in several workshops each year. Dr. Jerolleman speaks on many topics including: hazard mitigation and climate change; campus planning; threat, hazard and vulnerability assessments; hazard mitigation planning; protecting children in disasters; and, public/private partnerships.
She is currently the Treasurer of the Lowlander Center and sits on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Emergency and Crisis Management. She previously served on the Community Resilience Advisory Group to the Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority and served as one of the Tri-Chairs for the National Hazard Mitigation Collaborative Alliance, as well as sitting on the board of the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership. She is the co-author of a textbook, “Natural Hazard Mitigation,” published by CRC Press in 2012, and a second textbook, “The Private Sector’s Role in Disasters,” published by CRC Press in 2015. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of New Orleans in 2013 for her dissertation titled: The Privatization of Hazard Mitigation: A Case Study of the Creation and Implementation of a Federal Program. Dr. Jerolleman has acquired wide-ranging experience in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Klie brings a unique blend of experience in communications, environmental science, social work, graphic design, digital media, and non-profits to Water Works as our Communications Director. Additionally, Klie is the Communications Manager at Foundation For Louisiana and is the former Operations Manager and Social Media Manager for Public Lab, an open source international community of scientists and activists focused on using simple DIY tools to collect data about our local environments. Klie also has experience as the former Communications Director for Transilient, with HIV case management through Volunteers of America Baton Rouge, and is working toward a degree in Biological Science at the
University of New Orleans. Klie is a 2019 Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Fellow, a 2016 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow, a facilitator with the Trans*Visible Network, the 2017 Safety Officer for GOSH (Gathering of Open Science and Hardware), and a programmer for the New Orleans Film Society. Klie has co-written multiple equitable Codes of Conduct and also serves as an Equity Moderator for an online peer group of over 40,000 non-profit professionals from around the globe.
You can view Klie's portfolio here, where they photograph water across various landscapes.