Dr. John Renne, AICP
Evacuteer.org Board President;
Associate Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
Dr. Renne serves as Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Director of the Merrit C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute in addition to his role as Associate Director at the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). His research focuses on transportation and land use planning, including livable communities, sustainable transportation, and evacuation planning. He led the National Study of Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning, sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration and is a co-founder of the National Evacuation Conference. In 2011, Dr. Renne wrote a book chapter called "Evacuation Planning for Vulnerable Populations: Lessons from the New Orleans City Assisted Evacuation Plan," for Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita, published by the Brookings Institution Press. www.evaccenter.lsu.edu | transportation.uno.edu
Robert X. Fogarty
Evacuteer.org Co-Founder; Dear New Orleans + Dear World, Founder
Fogarty is the co-founder evacuteer.org and founder of Dear World. He started evacuteer.org after assisting the City of New Orleans to evacuate 18,000 residents without cars in advance of Hurricane Gustav, the largest hurricane evacuation in U.S. history.
In 2011, Fogarty started Dear World, a scalable version of Dear New Orleans, his for-profit photography venture for social good. Fogarty has photographed thousands, including Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Drew Brees, Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon and NBA All Star Chris Paul. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 2005.
Attorney, Fayard Law Firm, LLC
Fayard was born in Baton Rouge and grew up in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Caroline was the 1996 Class valedictorian and a member of the Navy Junior ROTC at Episcopal High School. Fayard graduated with honors from both Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, Fayard administered a fellowship program on behalf of the university.
She worked at both the White House and Congress before taking a position at Goldman Sachs. She later worked at the Washington-based firm of Williams and Connolly before returning to government service, and to Louisiana, to work as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Fayard was later appointed to the faculty of the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans and served there until 2009 when she returned to private practice. Fayard currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Louisiana Appleseed, a non-profit organization that promotes access to justice. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Junior League of New Orleans and a Life Loyal member and former chapter president of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, Inc. Fayard is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York.
Director of Public Affairs and Policy
Downtown Development District
A native New Orleanian, Nolan graduated from the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University in 2001. In 2009 Nolan received the Fritz Wagner prize for academic achievement and community service in Graduate Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans. Nolan currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs and Policy at the Downtown Development District. Prior to joining the DDD, Nolan worked at Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives as the Director of Policy and Advocacy and previously served as the Associate Director of Common Good at Loyola University. Nolan has been an active civic leader serving as the president of the Young Leadership Council, president of the board at Einstein Charter School, and serving on the boards of the Audubon Nature Institute, Son of a Saint, the City Planning Commission, the International High School of New Orleans, New Orleans City Park Commission, Human Relations Commission, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans Resource Council, New Orleans Crime Coalition, Court Watch NOLA, and the New Orleans BioDistrict.
Josh Sawislak, AICP
Global Director of Resilience
Josh Sawislak is the global director of resilience for AECOM. In this role, he works across the entire enterprise of AECOM's offerings in planning, design, construction, finance, operations, and development to help develop and leverage resilient strategies projects and clients to address sustainability, climate change, disaster preparedness, and enterprise risk management. He provides thought leadership and strategic advice to corporations, national governments, municipalities, NGOs, and international organizations across the globe. In 2015, he served as a speaker at the first US-China Climate Leaders’ Summit in preparation for the global climate negotiations in Paris in 2015 (COP-21) and led AECOM’s delegation to Paris. He also presented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and gave lectures and participated in symposia in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceana.
Prior to rejoining AECOM, he served in the Administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, most recently as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he developed U.S. federal policy on climate adaptation and resilience and worked with foreign governments and international organization on multilateral and bilateral efforts. He also led the development of the infrastructure recommendations for President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.