Sam Bell is a Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist and Senior Planner with over 15 years of leadership experience dedicated to building more resilient and livable communities. He presently serves as a Team Leader in the Water Group for Climate Change and Hazard Planning in the Norwood district office where he provides senior management of Mitigation, Resiliency and Risk Management projects.
Prior to joining GZA, Sam worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and was responsible for managing hazard mitigation and disaster resiliency programs. In this role Sam led teams that assisted State agencies, U.S. Territories, federally-recognized Tribal governments and local communities in protecting critical facilities, public and private infrastructure, natural resources, and historic districts from the impacts from future natural hazards.
His areas of specialization are hazard mitigation and resiliency planning, flood vulnerability and risk assessments, emergency response planning, disaster recovery, and community education and outreach. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Colorado-Boulder and his Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
His professional activities include membership in the American Planning Association (APA), Association of State Floodplain Managers Association (ASFPM) and the Environmental Business Council (EBC) Leadership Team. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the International Research Interdisciplinary School (IRIS).