“Cities in the Crosshairs: The Case for Investing in Resilience” Panel 2 Flickr user: Shankbone

“Cities in the Crosshairs: The Case for Investing in Resilience” Panel 2

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Resilient Collaboration

While the call to action on addressing complex risk grows in volume, best practice approaches and models for collaboration remain perilously distant. This panel brings together key practitioners and leaders from multiple sectors, each sharing their views on building market-oriented public-private solutions for building resilience at the city, state, national, and international levels.



Picture1John “Glad” Castellaw is co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Farmspace Systems LLC., a provider of precision agricultural aerial (drone) services and equipment.

For 36 years he led Marines around the world while flying more than two dozen different aircraft. Castellaw participated in humanitarian operations in Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Philippines; served with the United Nations (UN) during the Siege of Sarajevo; commanded the American forces in the multi-national security operation in East Timor; and was the chief of staff of the U.S. Central Command at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His last tours were in the Pentagon where he oversaw Marine Aviation and then the Marine Corps budget.

Returning to Tennessee in 2008, he operates the family farm and sits as a director for the Bank of Crockett. In 2010 Castellaw co-founded and is the former president of the non-profit Crockett Policy Institute where he created the “SOLDIER 2 CIVILIAN” program to help veterans find jobs in precision agriculture.

Castellaw is a recognized national security serving as a member of the USGLC National Security Advisory Council, lectures on National Security at the University of Tennessee, Martin, serves with several Washington, DC based groups including the Nuclear Security Working Group (NSWG), the Iran Futures Group, the Climate Security Working Group (CSWG) and sits on the American Security Project (ASP) board of directors.



Picture2Superintendent-in-Chief Linskey began his career with the Boston Police Department on November 24, 1986. Chief Linskey rose through the ranks as a Detective, Sergeant, Sergeant Detective, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Detective, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent, before being promoted to the rank of Superintendent-in-Chief the highest sworn member of the Boston Police Department.

On September 1, 2009 Linskey was appointed Superintendent-in-Chief, the highest ranking uniform officer in the Department. Chief Linskey was responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the entire department and reports directly to the Police Commissioner.Chief Linskey has helped guide the Boston Police Department to a 30 % reduction in part 1 crime over the last 7 years.

During this same time the Boston Police Department has seen an increase in public trust with a favorability rating of the mid-eighties in recent studies conducted by Northeastern University and the University of Chicago. On April 15th Chief Linskey was the Incident Commander for the Boston Marathon. He oversaw the response to the bombings, including the evacuation of the injured, securing of the scene and the stabilizing of the city while overseeing the investigation which was being conducted by the FBI, Boston Police, and State Police He was the first commander on scene during the April 19th shootout in Watertown Massachusetts that saw terrorists exchanging gunfire and throwing bombs at responding officers. He was the incident commander who oversaw the unprecedented lockdown of the metropolitan Boston area and the manhunt that lead to the arrest and capture of the terrorists responsible for the Marathon bombings, in one of the largest and most complicated law enforcement events ever in the region.



Picture3Fielding (Fid) L. Norton III is Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Enterprise Risk Officer at XL Catlin.  Mr. Norton provides comprehensive oversight to XL of existing and emerging risks and developing and implementing appropriate risk management techniques to enhance internal controls that manage the effects of risk on XL’s capital, earnings, credit ratings and reputation.

Prior to joining XL, Mr. Norton served as Chief Risk Officer at Bermuda-based Ironshore Inc. where he led all aspects of enterprise risk management for the group from its beginning in 2007. In 2006, Mr. Norton was Chief Risk Officer of Commercial Insurance at Swiss Re’s Kansas office. Before that he held progressively senior roles at Employers Reinsurance Corp (GE Insurance) in Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas.

Mr. Norton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Kansas, along with a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics and a Ph.D in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard University. He also earned a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter designation from the American Institute for CPCU and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the Executive Band Plus Program at General Electric Company.



Picture4Ommeed Sathe is a vice president and head of the Impact Investment Program in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility department at Prudential, responsible for underwriting, origination, pipeline development and portfolio management activities. The Impact Investment Program manages a portfolio of over $500 million in investments and Prudential recently committed to grow its impact investing portfolio to $1 billion by 2020. The group typically originates between $150 million and $200 million in transactions annually and invests in a wide range of assets and strategies that produce both financial and social returns.

Sathe also serves on the board of the Military Park Partnership, B-Lab, and Community Development Trust.

Before joining Prudential in June 2011, Sathe was director of real estate development for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), a quasi-public entity that alleviates blight, redevelops residential and commercial properties and implements crucial public projects in New Orleans. At NORA, he spearheaded the revitalization of historic commercial corridors like Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and redeveloped over 1000 properties. Previously, he was a real estate and land use attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.

Sathe has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and urban planning from Columbia University; a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.



Picture5ASP CEO BGen Steve Cheney is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine.  His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment.  His primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island.  He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.

Other selected highlights of his military career include tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.

Following retirement from the Marines, he became the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), in Washington, D.C., and most recently was President/CEO of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.

He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California.  He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member. He is also a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board

He has been on the Board of Directors for ASP since 2006.




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