Laura Clemons

Senior Advisor

Ms. Clemons is a Resiliency Specialist with a diverse professional background. She enjoys working through complex issues around social vulnerability that consider the connections between climate adaptation, disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, sustainable community planning, systems design, infrastructure upgrades and community driven initiatives. 

Ms. Clemons attended university in England, Italy and Greece, and while teaching on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the educational system in Japan. As the Founder of Collaborative Communities, she consults on a variety of projects from FEMA recovery in rural small towns to P3 mixed-use developments in dense urban areas. Through her company, she provides logistical support for sustainable, socially conscientious, community revitalization by layering funding from public-private partnerships amongst diverse groups: K-12, colleges & universities, community organizations, elected officials, city, state and federal governmental agencies, non-profits, corporations, small businesses and individuals. Each of her projects is anchored in creative partnerships that fuse the community’s voice with placemaking to improve people’s experience of place and quality of life grounded in a sound understanding of federal policy. 

Ms. Clemons is a federal policy expert, specializing in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; the Code of Federal Regulation, Title 2, Part 200; and Title 44 - Emergency Management and Assistance, Part 9 Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. As a former school teacher, Ms. Clemons has expanded her commitment to supporting youth advancement through constructing an innovative model of youth-led city-building. She has spent the last 16 years presenting a variety of placemaking and resiliency concepts to diverse groups. She served on the Alabama Governor’s Office Long-Term Recovery Sub-Committee for Housing, has organized and hosted multiple disaster recovery charitable fundraising events including live broadcast telethons, and is writing her first book on resiliency.