Dolores Foley, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Social Sciences, has received the 2016 National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) Community Resilience Leadership Award. Presented at the Pacific Risk Management ʻohana Conference by NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim, the award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward making communities better able to withstand, respond to and recover from hazards and threats such as hurricanes, tsunamis and flooding.
Foley is known for her efforts to aid in the evaluation of unmet training needs related to community resilience, as well as her work in the development and delivery of training courses in Hawaiʻi, Samoa and in many communities in Indonesia. She also serves on the National Board of the Kettering Foundation’s National Issues Forum Institute and is a leading authority on deliberative processes supporting community development.
“Dolores combines a deep understanding of community processes, as well as a commitment to social justice and capability building. As an educator, she has helped promote learning about resilience in the classroom and in the communities where it matters most,” said Kim.
More on Dolores Foley
Foley’s research and consulting areas focus on community planning, citizen participation and governance of non-profit and community organizations. She teaches courses on community planning, social policy and collaborative problem solving.
She has published articles on organization change, collaboration and social issues. She has produced reports, evaluations and studies for governmental and community organizations. Much of her work is with governmental and community organizations in developing organizational and individual capacities.
Foley received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, her MPA from California State University and her PhD from University of Southern California.
About the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center is part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which was established by Congress in 1998. Funded with a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NDPTC is focused on natural hazards, coastal communities and the special needs and opportunities associated with islands and territories. It works to reduce disaster risks through urban planning, environmental management and through addressing the needs of underserved at-risk populations.