The Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is made up of national experts in flood insurance and mitigation, and serve the Coalition by providing expertise and professional knowledge to help guide our mission. The members are elected by and report to the Board of Directors.


 

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Edward A. Thomas, Esq.

Advisory Council Member
Ed Thomas is an expert on working with communities and people to help prevent foreseeable processes of nature becoming disasters. He has worked on recovery operations from over 200 disasters, assisting individuals, businesses, farms and communities to carefully craft acceptable efforts to recover as quickly as possible, while striving to relocate damaged properties and develop environmentally acceptable development. Ed, a widely published author and frequent lecturer, just completed his eighth and final term as President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. He is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Association (ABA) Foundation and past elected member of the Council of the State and Local Government Section (SLGL) of the ABA. He is as a member of the ABA Disaster Response and Preparedness Committee and manages the ABA SLGL Resilience Task Force. In addition, Ed serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado. He is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the Association of State Wetland Managers. He is a former Board Member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM); and currently serves as the Senior Liaison and Legal Liaison to the ASFPM No Adverse Impact Committee. During his career in HUD and FEMA, Ed worked on about two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President’s on scene representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times. He manages a private practice of Law, Edward A. Thomas Esq., LLC and lives with his wife in the floodplain of beautiful Marina Bay in Quincy, Massachusetts.
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Patricia Templeton-Jones

Advisory Council Member
Patty Templeton-Jones serves Wright Flood as President and Chief Program Advocate working cooperatively with FEMA/NFIP as well as congressional representatives to recommend flood reform solutions and review practical impacts of current and future flood reforms. In recognition of these efforts, Ms. Templeton-Jones was awarded the 2014 Political Involvement Award by Property and Casualty Insurance Agents of America. Ms. Templeton-Jones is the current president of the Flood Insurance Servicing Companies Association of America and a member of the Write Your Own Coalition. She has served as NFIP flood coordinator for Wright Flood, Chairperson for the Institute for Business and Home Safety and The WYO Marketing Committee. With over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry in all aspects of underwriting, operations and claims, Patty is an outspoken advocate of the flood insurance program and the education of flood insurance.
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Henry (Hank) Hodde, M.S., CFM

Advisory Council Member
Hank Hodde is the Sustainability and Resiliency Program Coordinator for Pinellas County, FL, where he oversees a new planning and program initiative aimed at reducing negative impacts to local communities and the environment, adapt to a changing climate, and promoting long-term sustainability and resiliency of County resources and residents. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager, FORTIFIED Wise Associate and Licensed Insurance Adjuster, with extensive experience in community resilience, coastal resource management, and climate change adaptation on the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to his current role, Hank served as the Planning and Policy Manager for Smart Home America, Resilience Outreach Specialist for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and Coastal Management Specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science in Residential Sciences from Florida State University. He was also a recipient of the 2013 NOAA Sea Grant Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. In addition to serving on the Massachusetts Coastal Coalition Advisory Council, Hank is a board member to the Alliance for National and Community Resilience and the Southwest Alabama Habitat for Humanity Chapter, as well as on Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Resilience Policy Council.
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