Lisa Orloff

Lisa Orloff is a not-for-profit entrepreneur and President of Resiliency Advisors, LLC. Orloff founded World Cares Center, an organization she leads as executive director post 9-11-2001. Throughout her career, Orloff has developed methods to address natural & societal disaster response challenges and equip community leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead their constituents in times of crisis.

Ms. Orloff provides strategic vision and leadership for numerous organizations in their development.  A Professor at Pratt Institute Orloff delivers Leading and Managing Communities in Disaster Response from the curriculum she developed for the Institutes’ Facility Management Program.  As an adjunct speaker with Long Island University’s United Nations program, Orloff delivers “From Passion to Purpose”, a curriculum she developed for aspiring not- for-profit founders.

Ms. Orloff has managed community volunteers and supported official responders during the 9-11 relief effort, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti Earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  She has developed and built working partnerships with Offices of Emergency Management, Citizen Corp, CERT, the American Red Cross, Police Departments and the military, including the Department of Defense and international entities of the UN cluster groups. Ms. Orloff has served as a liaison between community volunteers and government agencies, most notably FEMA and OEM, working together on community-focused long-term recovery initiatives since September 11, 2001

Ms. Orloff has gathered the experiences and expertise of her fellow seasoned responders in the field and academia, and has been called upon as a subject matter expert by DHS, DARPA, DOD, J9, and emergency management agencies around the nation and world. Lisa Orloff is considered to be the subject matter expert on spontaneous community volunteer management.

Ms. Orloff is a representative member of NYC-VOAD, International Association of Emergency Managers, MyGoodDeed (Founding Board Member), The National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue, NOVA’s National Community Crisis Response Team, WTC Health Registry, Bergen County Community College’s Academic Steering Committee (Advisory Board Member), NJIT Business Emergency Operations Center, the UN WHO Mental Health Committee, and the Department of Public Information of the UN.

Ms. Orloff is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management’s Executive Level Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Her certifications include NOVA’s Advanced Community Crisis Response Team training and Interfaith Disaster Chaplain Training. She is a recipient of the Mayor’s Voluntary Action Award for her service during 9/11, Letter of Appreciation from the Department of Defense, U.S. Joint Forces Command for her support providing insight and analysis on homeland defense for joint experimentation, and Letter of Accommodation from the State of New Jersey Division of State Police and Office or Emergency Management for her leadership and coordination of cleanup operations and duties for those flood victims of Hurricane Irene. She is the author of a field guide on spontaneous volunteer management entitled Managing Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters: A Field Manual (CRC press, 2011). Ms. Orloff has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities including the Harvard School of Public Health.

Currently Ms. Orloff is developing a global platform facilitating cross sector support during crisis response with a focus on a common foundation of management protocols.  Partners include nongovernmental organizations in Japan and Sri Lanka.


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