Jackie Ratner is a senior project manager dually appointed at the Center on Global Energy Policy and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. At CGEP she manages special projects within the office of the Director of Research, assisting scholars and center leadership in administering grants and research to meet strategic goals.
As a subject matter expert in community resilience to disasters, Jackie has managed a portfolio of applied research and consulting projects contributing to disaster risk reduction, decision support tools, and business intelligence for clients in industry and government. She has been an American Geophysical Union science policy fellow, a DAT/Artathon data visualization fellow, and international contributor to science outreach and communication initiatives. Drafted under her leadership, the issue brief series for Resilient Children Resilient Communities was recommended as a policy resource to the Presidential transition team. Prior to joining Columbia, she led the non-profit sector in two counties through cooperative long-term disaster recovery after Superstorm Sandy. Earlier research focused on utilizing crowd-sourced structure-from-motion as a solution to GIS and volcanic hazard data scarcity in Latin America, undertaken during DPhil studies at the University of Oxford. Her BS with honors in environmental geology was earned at UNC Chapel Hill with a research minor in marine science.