Bio:

Miriam Belblidia is co-chair of the International Activities Committee and is a flood mitigation specialist based in New Orleans, LA. Ms. Belblidia is a founding partner of Water Works, L3C, a social enterprise focused on flood mitigation and water quality. Previously, she worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the City of New Orleans, where she helped administer federal hazard mitigation grants, coordinated the 2010 Orleans Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan update, and led efforts to develop the City’s Stormwater Management Program. Ms. Belblidia received a 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellowship in Water Management to conduct research at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and received her MPA degree in urban and regional affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on civil security and disaster management. During her graduate studies, Miriam worked as a member of the Interactive, Intelligent, Spatial Information Systems (IISIS) team at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Disaster Management and worked with the Center for Hazard Assessment, Response, and Technology (CHART) at the University of New Orleans. She has published research on the role of information technology in building community resiliency.is co-chair of the International Activities Committee and is a flood mitigation specialist based in New Orleans, LA. Ms. Belblidia is a founding partner of Water Works, L3C, a social enterprise focused on flood mitigation and water quality. Previously, she worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the City of New Orleans, where she helped administer federal hazard mitigation grants, coordinated the 2010 Orleans Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan update, and led efforts to develop the City’s Stormwater Management Program. Ms. Belblidia received a 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellowship in Water Management to conduct research at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and received her MPA degree in urban and regional affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on civil security and disaster management. During her graduate studies, Miriam worked as a member of the Interactive, Intelligent, Spatial Information Systems (IISIS) team at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Disaster Management and worked with the Center for Hazard Assessment, Response, and Technology (CHART) at the University of New Orleans. She has published research on the role of information technology in building community resiliency.

Phone: (504)615-2711

Key Words/ Specialties:
flood mitigation, stormwater management, National Flood Insurance Program, floodplain management

Geographic Location:
New Orleans, LA; Netherlands; Algeria