FoFSummitSpeaker Leonard-Shabman

Resident Scholar

Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future

Leonard Shabman became a Resident Scholar at Resources for the Future on July 1, 2002 after 30 years on the faculty at Virginia Tech. He also held positions as staff economist at the United States Water Resources Council, Scientific Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Army, Civil Works, Visiting Scholar at the National Academy of Sciences -National Research Council and Arthur Maass-Gilbert White Scholar at the Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. In 2004 he was honored to be named an Associate of the National Academies of Science (NAS)

Recent advisory work related to flood risk management includes Corps of Engineers program policy and procedures for the emerging levee safety program, assessing the feasibility of private- public partnerships for flood control infrastructure, Science and Engineering Review Panel for the Donaldsonville, Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico Flood Control-Mississippi River and Tributaries, and chair of the review board for the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection coastal restoration and protection master plan. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on “Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program; two reports were published.

He has published over 300 papers and reports on a wide range of topics. Recent work on Federal disaster aid and the National Flood Insurance Program has been published as blogs, op-eds, technical reports and referred journal articles.