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Feb 26 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Opportunity Zones: Changing the Community Resilience Landscape

Please join us on February 26th for a lecture by Dr. Robin White and Warren Edwards on 'Opportunity Zones'. They will discuss how Opportunity Zones shift the paradigm of community resilience, starting with the fundamental tenets and expanding the lens to include the Global Resilience Institute’s specific approach to this program.

Light refreshments will be provided at the event. However, feel free to bring a lunch to eat during the event.

About the Speakers

 Dr. Robin White is the Executive Director  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. Prior to her time at GRI, 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 holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.


Warren Edwards is a Senior Fellow at the Community and Regional Research Institute (CARRI) with offices in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Washington, DC. After retiring as a Major General from the United States Army, Mr. Edwards served as the Chief Operating Officer for Oak Ridge Technology Connections (TechConnect), LLC. Prior to TechConnect, Mr. Edwards was a Senior Director for CACI, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. In that capacity, he established the Atlanta operations office for CACI and managed a series of programs throughout the Southeast supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. After his time at Tech Connect and CACI, Mr. Edwards. was the Director of the Southeast Region Research Initiative, a research collaboration of five federal laboratories and numerous research universities throughout the southeast U.S. Mr. Edwards transitioned CARRI from ORNL to Meridian Institute in 2011 and was its Executive Director until May 2016. Mr. Edwards and his wife, Diane, currently reside in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.