Betsy Lopez, MS, PMP, CBCP

Adjunct Professor


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Ms. Lopez is a lifelong resident of Louisiana with experience in mitigation, community recovery, and project management. Her interdisciplinary and technical background includes hazard mitigation, environmental science, evaluation, public health, emergency management, and community-based work. Her talent for community development, collaboration, and meeting facilitation started early in her career where she supported New Orleans school recovery and revitalization of the foster care system following Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Lopez specializes in hazard mitigation having led some of the nation’s largest Hazard Mitigation Programs down to local-level initiatives. Her international and national experience spans preparedness planning to exercise development. She currently leads a Disaster Response Team for the federal government and recently managed statewide and local COVID-19 After-Action Reports and Strategic Planning.

Ms. Lopez is thrilled to return to her Alma Mater (DRLA MS '18, BA '10) to support students entering the disaster resilience field. She currently serves on the Newcomb Alumnae Association Board and is a member of the New Orleans arts community.


Areas of Expertise

  • Resilience

Community Involvement

Member, Newcomb Alumnae Association Board