Wildfire Leadership Summit Preliminary Program Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule; more details will be added closer to the program date.

Program Highlights

Wallace J Nichols
Wallace "J" Nichols, Ph.D.

Keynote: I Wish You Water

Wallace "J" Nichols, Ph.D. is a CZU Fire Survivor and the NYTimes Best-Selling author of Blue Mind and Dear Wild Child. J has authored more than 200 publications, lectured in more than 30 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets including NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Scientific American.

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Dr. Adrienne Heinz, Ph.D.

Keynote: Rising from the Ashes: Healing the Wounds of Disaster and Managing Climate Grief

Adrienne Heinz is a Clinical Research Psychologist, VA National Center for PTSD; Stanford School of Medicine


Note that the morning program, 9:00-11:20 AM is designed for members attending from communities impacted by wildfire. After the Fire Board members will also hold a meeting during this morning time.

9:00 - 9:45 AMRegistration and Coffee for everyone attending from a wildfire - affected community and After the Fire USA's Board of Directors and Advisory Board MembersLobby and Patio
9:45-10:00 AMWelcomeAuditorium
10:00-11:20 AMWorkshop for Wildfire Community Leaders – The Long Timeline for Recovery and Hot Topics Related to Your Local Recovery for DiscussionAuditorium
10:00-11:20 AMJoint Meeting for the Board of Directors and Advisory BoardAdministration Building
10:30-11:30 AMRegistration and coffee for general summit attendeesLobby and Patio
11:30 AMKick OffAuditorium
11:40-12:30 PMPANEL: Community Organizing for Recovery and ResilienceAuditorium
12:40-1:10 PMKEYNOTE: Wallace "J" Nichols, Ph.D., CZU Fire Survivor and Author, Blue Mind and Dear Wild Child 'I Wish You Water'Auditorium
1:10-2:00 PMLunch providedPatio
2:00-2:40 PMPANEL: Serving Frontline Communities During Times of Emergency and Over the Long-Term RecoveryAuditorium
2:45-3:00 PMKEYNOTE: Dr. Adrienne Heinz, Ph.D., Clinical Research Psychologist-VA National Center for PTSD Rising from the ashes: Healing the wounds of disaster and managing climate griefAuditorium
3:00-3:40 PMPANEL: Helping the Helpers Staying Well through the Long RecoveryAuditorium
3:45-4:00 PMKEYNOTE: Margo Robbins, Executive Director of Cultural Burn, 'Indigenous Land Care Practices in Wildfire Recovery'Auditorium
4:00-4:45 PMPANEL: Centering Indigenous Peoples and their Practices in the Local RecoveryAuditorium
5:00-6:30 PMReceptionPatio
Alister Watt
Alister Watt

Keynote: Home Hardening and the Certified Wildfire Prepared Home

Alister Watt is the Chief Product Officer for the Insurance Institute for Home and Business Safety

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Maria Evans

Keynote: Building Resilience, Equity and Community Before and After Disasters

Maria Evans is the Vice President for Sustainable Communities and Partnerships at Fannie Mae

9:00 - 9:45 AMRegistration and CoffeeLobby and Patio
9:45-10:00 AMWelcomeAuditorium
10:00-10:45 AMPANEL: Understanding and Accessing Disaster Block Grant FundingAuditorium
11:00-11:30KEYNOTE: Maria Evans, VP for Sustainable Communities Partnerships, Fannie Mae - Building Resilience, Equity and Community Before and After DisastersAuditorium
11:40-12:30 PMPANEL: Best Practices Post Disaster for Planning and Rebuilding: Local LeadershipAuditorium
12:30-1:20 PMLunch providedPatio
1:30-1:45 PMKEYNOTE: Alister Watt, Chief Product Officer, IBHS, Home Hardening and the The Certified Wildfire Prepared HomeAuditorium
1:45-2:25 PMPANEL: I’ll Rebuild, But Can I Get Insurance?: the State of Home Insurability in the Era of MegafireAuditorium
2:30-3:15 PMPANEL: Maximizing Volunteer Programs for the RebuildAuditorium
3:15-3:30 PMBreak
3:30-3:45 PMKEYNOTE: TBAAuditorium
4:00-4:15KEYNOTE: TBAAuditorium
4:15-5:00 PMPANEL: Philanthropy in Wildfire Disaster RecoveryAuditorium
Break for dinner on your own
7:00-9:30 PMOptional SCREENING Documentary Film: ELEMENTAL with post- film discussion with the film's director and producer (ticket required, no charge to summit attendees)Sebastiani Theater, Sonoma
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Elemental (Optional evening event, ticket required)

As the Eagle Creek Fire burned in 2018, Portland filmmakers Trip Jennings, Sara Quinn, and Ralph Bloemers took to the air and the ground to help the community make sense of the fire. Their work led to a deep investigation of wildfire in a hotter, drier, more crowded world, and includes the 2020 wildfires that burned across one million acres and destroyed numerous communities.
Five years in the making, Elemental is the product of their journey across the United States and into fire affected communities. Produced and edited in Portland, Narrated by David Oyelowo (Emmy & Golden Globe Nominee), supported by National Geographic and Patagonia

Jessica Morse
Jessica Morse


Jessica Morse is the Deputy Secretary for Forest and Wildland Resilence for the CA Natural Resources Agency and has been appointed to the federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission.

Time Program Location
9:00 - 9:45 AMRegistration and CoffeeLobby and Patio
9:45-10:00 AMWelcomeAuditorium
10:00-10:30 AMKEYNOTE: Mike Thompson, United States Congressman, CA 5th District (virtual via Zoom)Auditorium
10:30-11:15 AMPANEL: Gimme Shelter - from Emergency to Permanent HousingAuditorium
11:15-11:30 AMKEYNOTE: ICON Build: Pushing the Boundaries of Resilient and Sustainable Architecture and Design with 3D Printed HomesAuditorium
11:40-12:30 PMPANEL: What’s New with Materials and Methods for Sustainable, Fire Safe ConstructionAuditorium
12:30-1:20 PMLunch providedPatio
1:30-1:45 PMKEYNOTE: Jessica Morse, Deputy Secretary for Forest and Wildland Resilience, CA Natural Resources AgencyAuditorium
1:45-2:25 PMPANEL: Before the Fire Land Management Projects and ProgramsAuditorium
2:30-3:15 PMPANEL: New Technologies for Disaster Response and RecoveryAuditorium
3:15-3:30 PMBreakAuditorium
3:30-3:45 PMKEYNOTE: Jennifer Gray Thompson, CEO, After the Fire USA, Innovatove Service Models in DisasterAuditorium
3:45-4:45 PMPANEL: New Service Delivery Models in the Era of MegafireAuditorium
4:45-5:00 PMClosing RemarksAuditorium