Post-disaster recovery efforts, capacity building, public-private sector collaboration
Doug Ahlers is a Senior Fellow at the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he researches and writes case studies on disasters and disaster recoveries around the world. Mr. Ahlers founded the Harvard Kennedy School Broadmoor Project, a collaborative redevelopment effort between the Katrina-devastated Broadmoor New Orleans neighborhood and the Kennedy School, where he served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, teaching courses in disaster recovery management and resilience. Doug Ahlers is also cofounder of Recupera Chile, an initiative of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Recupera Chile is a multi-year project focused on helping earthquake and tsunami devastated Chilean communities recover and rebuild. He is co-founder of the Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, which works with the city of San Francisco to help the city be better prepared to recover after a disaster strikes. Ahlers has consulted on disaster recovery and advance recovery planning with the City of Christchurch, the government of New Zealand, government and NGO leaders in Nepal, city leaders in New Orleans, and the City of Los Angeles. Ahlers has been a Fellow at the Preventative Defense Project at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. Mr. Ahlers is the cofounder of Modem Media (now a part of Publicis) and has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s National Board and the board of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He attended Bard College at Simon's Rock and received his BA from URI and MJ from LSU.