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2022 Annual Conference and Meeting

We are honored to have John A. Miller as our Keynote Speaker!

John A. Miller joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in August 2018 as a Mitigation Liaison. He is a member of the FEMA Integration Team, embedded with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to be a risk adaptation resource to the State and enhance coordination between the agencies. He is currently detailed to the US Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to assist on the reform and reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Previously, John worked for the private consultancy Princeton Hydro, LLC, for 15 years as an Associate and Water Resources Engineer, practicing design, conducting reviews, and preparing expert reports and delivering expert testimony before land use boards and the courts. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. He has served on two Governor-appointed fact finding bodies: the Passaic River Basin Flood Commission and the Delaware River Flood Mitigation Task Force. John is a former chair and co-founder of the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management, a chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), and was its Legislative Committee Chair from 2007 to 2018. He served on the ASFPM board from 2006 to 2009. John holds a Master of Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Villanova University. While a student at Penn, John interned at the White House Office of Management and Budget, was a United States Senate Fellow, and collaborated with Dr. Howard Kunreuther and colleagues from the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. John is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania for the graduate course “Floodplain Management in a Changing Climate” offered in the 2020 and 2021 Fall Semesters.  John also serves as a valuable member of the American Institute of Architects national Disaster Assistance Committee and contributor to the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook, 4th Edition.

2022 Agenda

Schedule of events:


  • 9:00am - 9:05am | Welcome from the RIFMA Chair

  • 9:05am - 10:00am | Keynote speaker: John A. Miller PE, CFM, CSM

  • 10:10am - 10:45am | Membership Meeting

  • 10:45am - 11:25am | Lightning Talks

    • David Vallee, Hydrologist-in-Charge at National Weather Service, NOAA

    • “Risk Rating 2.0 Update” |  Bob Desaulniers CPCU, CFM, ANFI, AAI, FEMA Region 1 Insurance Specialist

    • “Quonnie Pond Breachway Coastal Resiliency Improvement Design” |  Bin Wang PE, Natural Hazard Mitigation & Resilience, GZA

    • “Moving RI Away from Rising Waters” |  Paul A. Roselli, Certificate of Graduate Studies in Sustainability Practices and Master of Science student in Global Environmental Studies at Bryant University

    • Alex Kuffner, Environment reporter for The Providence Journal for 20 years.

  • 11:25am - 11:45am | Panel discussion 

  • 11:45am - 12:00pm | Closing remarks and evaluation

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