About

What We Do

Empowering local and regional resiliency through cross-sector partnerships and information sharing

Connecting people and organizations to build a network of networks, empowering local resiliency efforts.

Supporting Business Operations Centers in local emergency operations centers to connect the public and private sectors during times of crisis.

Sharing information, tools, and resources across sectors to facilitate regional resiliency coordination and planning.

Our Leadership Team

Monika Stoeffl, Executive Director

Monika Stoeffl has over 15 years experience in emergency management and risk analysis, including writing plans, designing table-top and full-scale exercises, conducting trainings, facilitating cross-agency collaboration, and conducting risk analyses. She received her MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus in operational risk management and competitive intelligence.

With a passion for finding connections in complex systems, Monika brings together her diverse backgrounds and experiences in emergency management, business continuity, competitive intelligence, science, anthropology, psychology, project management, and international travel to offer a multi-perspective cross-disciplinary approach to resiliency.

Our Board of Directors

Andrea E. Davis, President and CEO, The Resiliency Initiative (Board Chair)

Andrea Davis is a recognized expert in the field of emergency management who has dedicated her career to bridging the silos between public and private sectors to create a united approach when it comes to disaster risk reduction. Ms. Davis has held leadership roles with NGOs (The American Red Cross, Save the Children US), the US Federal Government (FEMA, The Federal Reserve) and for Fortune 500 Companies (Walmart, Disney). With each role, Ms. Davis used her influence to lead global initiatives focused on the importance of making risk informed determinations and engaging all members of the community in the decision-making process. Currently, Ms. Davis is the President and CEO of a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), The Resiliency Initiative, which she founded out of a passion to serve the whole community before, during, and after an emergency.

David Ebarle, Communications Manager, Oakland Fire Department

David Ebarle joined the Oakland Fire Department as their Communications (Fire Dispatch) Manager in February 2022. Prior to joining the Oakland Fire Department, he spent fifteen (15) years with the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management in roles ranging from EMS Agency Specialist, Support Services Manager, and Chief of Staff. Preceding SFDEM, he was a supervisor for the San Jose Police Department Communications Center. He got his start in public safety as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher for the City of San Mateo.

Gabriele Almon, Senior Director of Policy & Research, Television Academy

Gabriele Almon previously led a boutique creative agency, Brain + Bullish, which specialized in story strategy and narrative shifting for pressing global issues. Through Brain + Bullish, she consulted entertainment companies on storylines that touch on crises, disasters, and emerging social trends. Gabriele has served as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international government agencies, and numerous humanitarian organizations. Gabriele began her career as a grassroots community organizer on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. She was appointed to FEMA’s National Advisory Council, where she served as a foresight and technology subject matter expert from 2016-2019. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC). Gabriele was recently awarded USC’s Price Pioneer designation, one of only ninety awardees in the history of the Price School of Public Policy, for her bridge-building work between entertainment, media, and the public sector.

Eileen Connors, Emergency Services Manager, City of Simi Valley

Eileen Connors began her emergency management career with The Walt Disney Company, supporting business segments around the world as each was impacted by natural or man-made events. Ms. Connors left the Fortune 500 company for a start-up, where she built the business continuity program from the ground up. Ms. Connors currently serves as the emergency services manager for the City of Simi Valley, California, a bedroom community of over 120,000 bordering Los Angeles. Ms. Connors believes that if we teach people how to take care of themselves during an emergency, they will. She looks for opportunities to share this philosophy with the whole community.

Jackie Koci Tamayo, Emergency Services Coordinator, Superior Court of California

Jackie Koci Tamayo is the Emergency Services Coordinator for the Superior Court of California – County of Alameda where she oversees the planning, training, response, coordination, and development of the emergency management and judicial security unit for the Court. She is responsible for the court’s business resiliency/COOP program, developing emergency plans and its associated trainings and exercises, and building the Court’s first Emergency Operations Center. Passionate about building and strengthening relationships that lead to resilience, as an instructor of Emergency Management, Jackie is a proponent in developing aspiring professionals and vested teammates. Prior to her Bay Area arrival, Jackie worked for 22 years with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) and the Emergency Management Department (EMD). Jackie was instrumental in creating RAP’s Citywide Training Task Force and she pioneered the Emergency Management Division which led the City’s Mass Care needs. While working for LA City EMD, Jackie liaised for LAPD and LAFD Operations West Bureau, implemented training and exercises for senior staff and EOC responders, enhanced community preparedness and engagement, and was the Director of the Business Operations Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Politics from Woodbury University and a Master’s in Leadership and Management University of La Verne as well as various other certifications in the field of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

Jeffrey Dell, Director, Global Crisis Management, NortonLifeLock

Jeff Dell retired from Bank of America after 16 years and joined Symantec, now NortonLifeLock. He is responsible to manage high-risk or large scale global business-related incidents that pose risk to NortonLifeLock people, products, and places. Also, developing and implementing global crisis management strategies, plans, activities and readiness programs.

Lucas Eckroad, Direct of Employee Resilience, Walt Disney

Lucas currently serves as the Direct of Employee Resilience for a Fortune 100 Company, responsible for the growth and implementation of both insider risk and employee care & support programs. Prior to this role, he spent 15 years in crisis/emergency management working across all segments; private, public and nonprofit. During that time he led initiatives across all phases of the emergency management life cycle to include; the development and implementation of community driven earthquake preparedness initiatives, serving as the emergency management liaison the school district of a major metropolitan area, responding to federal and state declared disasters and developing plans and exercises for senior level executives.

Niall Kavanagh, Communications Officer, Global Brain Health Institute @ UCSF

Niall Kavanagh is a communications officer at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is responsible for promoting messaging, media and news for GBHI and the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program. Niall is motivated to use his interests and skills in writing, science and communications to elevate diverse perspectives to broader and more engaged audiences. Prior to joining GBHI, Niall led communications for HIV, Infections Diseases & Global Medicine at UCSF. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University.