Samantha Medlock has more than 20 years of experience in land use and disaster law. Prior to her current position, she was senior advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget and deputy director in the Council on Environmental Quality, working to reduce the risks and costs of disasters. Previously, she was policy counsel for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and has led flood programs for the largest water and power utility in Texas. She has testified in Congress on flood risk and disaster recovery. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, as a contributor to executive education at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and as an adjunct professor at the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law. She is a recipient of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service.