Arrietta Chakos

Arrietta Chakos is a public policy advisor on urban disaster resilience. She currently works on crisis management, community resilience policies, and multi-sectoral engagement in California cities. Her work with San Francisco, Palo Alto, and regional institutions focuses on strategies to improve disaster readiness and community resilience. She is a member of the Disasters Roundtable at the National Academies of Science and chairs the public policy committee at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Ms. Chakos served as the project director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Acting in Time Disaster Recovery Research Project. She was the assistant city manager in Berkeley, California, directing innovative risk mitigation initiatives, intergovernmental coordination, and multi-institutional negotiations.