Laurie A. Johnson

Term: 2018
(will serve as President from 2019-2020)


Laurie Johnson (M. EERI, 1990) has nearly 30 years of experience in urban planning and disaster recovery planning, management and research. She has written extensively about land use and risk, disaster recovery and reconstruction, and the economics of catastrophes and studied many of the world’s major urban disasters, including the 2011 Tohoku Japan, 2010-2011 Christchurch New Zealand, 2008 China, 1995 Kobe Japan, and 1994 Northridge earthquakes.

She has coauthored the books: After Great Disasters: An In-depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery and Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans.

In 2006, she founded her consultancy focusing on resilient communities, governments, and industry sectors. She was formerly a Vice-President with Risk Management Solutions working with global property and casualty insurers to manage their exposure to natural catastrophe risk, and a consulting planner with EQE International (now ABS Consulting) and Spangle Associates.

Laurie Johnson is a member of EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Executive Committee and Oral History Committee, co-chair of the LFE Resilience Observatory project, and on the editorial board of Earthquake Spectra. She has also served on the EERI Board of Directors (2006-2009) and Northern California chapter board (2003-2006) and been a member of several LFE reconnaissance missions.

She chairs the U.S. national Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) and is on the Steering Committee of GEER – Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance association and Science Board of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM), and a Visiting Project Scientist with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. She completed her Doctor of Informatics degree at Kyoto University, Japan and also holds a Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Science in Geophysics, both from Texas A&M University.