Lesia Bates Moss Vice President - Business Development Marsh Inc. Lesia Bates Moss currently serves as Vice-President/Business Development at Marsh, Inc., a leading global commercial insurance broking and risk firm, and is responsible for new and expanded business and advisory sales to corporate clients. In her role, Lesia partners and leads a cross-functional client advisory team to define, design and deliver customized insurance and risk programs to ensure optimal risk mitigation for clients. Lesia has a multi-faceted background that spans financial services, government, not-for-profit management and strategy consulting. She has spent more than half her career in real estate and mortgage finance with Fortune 500 companies, such as Fannie Mae, Moody’s Investors Service and JP Morgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank), as well as various City and State government agencies in New York. Prior to joining Marsh, Lesia ran her own strategy consulting firm and served as President of a $200M national community development financial institution (CDFI) providing loan financing to small businesses, real estate developers and not-for-profit organizations. Chuck Wemple Chief Operations Officer Houston-Galveston Area Council Chuck Wemple is the Chief Operations Officer for the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he oversees all programs and services including transportation planning, community and environmental planning, public safety, and workforce development. He has extensive experience in addressing infrastructure, housing, and economic recovery needs following Hurricanes Rita and Ike – including the allocation and programming of over $2 billion in HUD recovery funds; and implementing small business finance and economic recovery programs. He served as Chair of H-GAC’s regional consortium for sustainable development which identified resilience as one of the top five regional priorities; and, is a Board Member of the University of Oklahoma's Resilience Development Institute. The Houston-Galveston Area Council covers over 12,000 square miles along the upper Texas coast that includes 13 counties and over 100 cities and towns, with 6.6 million people.
This webinar was accomplished through the U.S. Economic Development Administration Austin Regional Office, Project No. 08-06-05058. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This webinar is part of a larger compendium of research and technical assistance produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, which focuses on providing resources in disaster preparedness and economic recovery for communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.