Daniel Homsey Director of Neighborhood Resilience for the City Administrator’s Office City and County of San Francisco. A fourth generation San Franciscan who has a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, Mr. Homsey has spent the last 25 years as a communications professional in both the private and public sector. After a long stint in the technology field, Mr. Homsey was appointed Director of The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services in 2004. In January 2008 he became the Director of Neighborhood Resilience in the City Administrator’s office and is a member of the Presidio Institute’s Inaugural Class of Cross Sector Leadership Fellows. Mr. Homsey is the project manager for the Neighborhood Empowerment Network initiative which is a coalition of residents, community supported organizations, non-profits, academic institutions, and government agencies with the mission to empower residents with the capacity and resources to build, and steward, strong sustainable communities. For more information visit www.empowersf.org. Deborah M. Tootle Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Community and Economic Development Iowa State University; Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development University of Wisconsin Extension Deborah Tootle, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University and a Community Leadership Specialist for Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin, has been working in the field of community disaster preparedness and recovery since the fall of 2005. She began working in the disaster management field at Louisiana State University as a result of the need for community response and recovery expertise after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Louisiana Gulf Coast. She served as a liaison to Louisiana government and to FEMA during 2005 and 2006. Since that time, she has worked on two major projects for FEMA. The first FEMA project entailed a field assessment of the FEMA sponsored Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Framework and resulted in the report Helping Disadvantaged Populations Prepare for Disasters. The second FEMA project was based on findings of the preparedness needs of disadvantaged populations. Dr. Tootle, along with colleagues from land-grant universities across the country, developed the ReadyCommunity: Building Disaster Resilient Places curriculum for engaging communities in the disaster preparedness project. This curriculum is designed to be a companion piece to FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101. Dr. Tootle has also worked with other Federal agencies and philanthropic organizations on projects related to community resilience. Deborah Tootle has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and conferences on disasters, resilient communities and preparedness for disadvantaged communities.