Dr. Robin White is the Executive Director for Research of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She previously served as Executive Director at the Community and Regional Resilience Institute and as Senior Mediator and Program Director at Meridian Institute. She joined Meridian after a 20-year management career in the nation’s national laboratory science and engineering complex.
During Dr. White’s years in the national security world, she was a leader in science and technology fields related to risk assessment and environmental impacts, nuclear nonproliferation, and national and homeland security. She brings from these assignments extensive skill and experience in strategic and operational planning, public/private partnerships, program/organizational management, and collaborative strategies related to government affairs and public policy.
As a senior executive, Dr. White worked with and within large multi-organizational teams in complex collaborative structures, where vision and persuasion were essential in achieving outstanding group performance. Dr. White’s work at Meridian focused on resilience, disaster response and recovery, homeland security, and issues related to national and global stability and security. She has led multi-organizational and multidisciplinary teams in exploring collaborative solutions to improved disaster recovery; has been extensively involved with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s work in disaster recovery and response and in the public/private partnerships necessary for critical infrastructure protection; and has worked closely with local communities seeking to improve their resilience to disasters and crises.
Dr. White has been an integral member of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) projects to increase the resilience of local cities, towns, and neighborhoods, create a national community of interest, and work with national policy makers and influential stakeholders on policies and practices to nurture resilient communities. A frequent speaker and presenter, Dr. White has made more than 100 presentations to government and nongovernment groups on issues relating to national security, homeland security, nonproliferation, and the risk assessment of environmental impacts. She has numerous publications in various books and journals on assessing human health risks and environmental impacts.
Dr. White holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Larissa Pacheco joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2020. Larissa contributes to research initiatives at GRI by bringing a business management perspective to resilience projects, addressing the interdependencies of resilience building and the creation of a supportive business environment. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas – São Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) in Brazil. Her doctoral research explored the interactions between institutions and corporate strategy, focusing on the corporate social responsibility of multinational corporations and how this strategy shapes institutions in Latin America.
Sam Fennell is currently a research assistant at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University. He graduated from Western Oregon University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and is now pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Northeastern. During his time at Western Oregon, he worked on campus managing and volunteering at various LGBTQ+ and Gender equity centers.
Bhavya is a Bachelors of Pharmacy graduate from India. He has 4 years of professional work experience in Pharmaceutical domain. He is currently pursuing his MS in Project Management from Northeastern University. He joined GRI in May 2020 and ever since, he has been a part of multiple projects. Currently, he is a Research Assistant and is working on Maine EDA project.
Andrew is currently a Master’s student in Northeastern’s International Affairs program who focuses his research towards genocide and violence. Having previously graduated with a degree in Political Science, he worked in a diverse set of positions in political campaigns and research. This includes experience at the federal, state, and local levels of politics. A Cape Cod native, Andrew enjoys sailing and seafood. Recently he has taken to board games during the pandemic. Andrew is excited to apply his research skills into his new work with the team at the GRI during his Fall co-op.
Josh serves as the lead liaison for the Operational Support team, and is the state liaison for Massachusetts in support of FEMA. Josh is a Northeastern graduate with a PhD in Law, Policy, and Society. His dissertation focused on state and local electric microgrid policy in the Northeast. In his spare time, he is an adjunct lecturer at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Prior to his time at Northeastern, he received his MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and his BA in Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. While originally from New York, he has called the Boston area home for almost a decade.
Rajesh Masilamani Anand serves as an Operation Support Analyst for the Maine and New Hampshire Solution Based Team with FEMA to support the economic recovery. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Engineering Management at Northeastern University. He also received his Bachelor’s in Mechatronics Engineering from SRM Institute of Science and Technology. Most of his past experiences are from NGOs, namely National Social Service (Indian govt program). Additionally, he performs stand-up comedy at the university for a student organization called Times New Roman. As an international student, he is excited to interact with a globally diverse group of students and staff community. He strongly believes that his role will help him grow professionally and excel in the global arena.
Iván is a Master’s student in Northeastern’s Security and Resilience Studies program, recently graduated from his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Affairs. He currently focuses his research towards disaster management/recovery alongside counter-terrorism studies. He’s worked in a range of places – from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals as a communications co-op, to the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel as a research assistant, to your local skate shop as a “shred specialist.” A Puerto Rican native, his first language is Spanish and he knows all the best places to mountain bike on the island. He’s greatly looking forward to putting his skills to good use with the team at the GRI throughout his Fall co-op.
Carlisle Dockery currently serves as Research Coordinator at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University. She joined GRI in September 2017 as the Staff Assistant. Prior to starting this position, she served as a FoodCorps service member at GROW Windham in Connecticut, working with elementary schools to bolster nutrition and sustainability initiatives. Carlisle graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in Anthropology
Saadia Ali joined the Global Resilience Institute as an Operational Support Analyst in January 2021. Having recently completed a BA in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy at Boston University, Ali is passionate about good policy. Ali has a strong background in non-profit work, especially with anti-hunger organization Project Bread and mentorship agency Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Before GRI, Ali interned at the Office of Senator Edward J. Markey. Ali has been admitted to Boston University School of Law for Fall 2021.
Lauren joined the Global Resilience Institute in June 2019 as Co-op Research Assistant. She is currently in her fourth year at Northeastern pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Security Studies, and a minor in International Affairs. Prior to joining the Research Team at the Institute, she was a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel where she researched hostage barricade attacks in the Western world. Lauren has also worked with Northeastern University’s Global Experience Office as an Ambassador after completing study abroad programs in Greece and Japan. On campus, Lauren is passionate about her involvement with IGNITE and College Democrats.