Jay Raskin – Panel and Coordinating Committee Chair

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Raskin_photoJay has been a leader in making communities resilient. Jay’s efforts began over 20 years ago with preparing coastal communities for a large Cascadia earthquake and tsunami on the west coast. He championed emergency preparedness and pre-disaster mitigation efforts while serving on public committees and as city councilor and mayor of Cannon Beach, Oregon. He was selected as chair of Restore Oregon’s roundtable workgroup on Resilient Masonry Buildings, which addressed the threat of earthquakes to masonry buildings and the economic importance these buildings play in historic downtowns. He was instrumental in creating the Oregon Resilience Plan, a 50-year plan to prepare the State of Oregon for a Cascadia earthquake, which is currently being implemented.  Appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, he is currently vice-chair. On the basis of his work, Jay was recently elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.