Alyssa NewtonRegional Research and Planning Specialist
University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program
Ms. Alyssa Newton, Regional Research and Planning Specialist at USC Sea Grant, focuses on planning for climate change impacts and building disaster resilience. She is part of the team and contributing author for the AdaptLA Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study for the City of Los Angeles. She was integral in planning the 2013 Sea Grant Climate Network Workshop Sharing our Successes and Challenges on the Path Toward Climate Resilient Communities, Beyond Bathtub: Modeling and Responding to Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Change, and Climate Change in the Southern California Bight: Human Dimensions and Ocean Health in a Changing Climate. Her background is in emergency management and international affairs, having worked at multiple federal and state government agencies. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she helped develop joint resilience and preparedness programs with international partners, and studied international lessons learned in disaster preparedness and response for domestic applicability. At the U.S. Department of State, she worked on foreign policy issues and partnerships with international organizations. She also worked for the State of California in emergency management and homeland security. Ms. Newton holds a Master of Public Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy and a B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. She was a Presidential Management Fellow (2010-2012), a California Governor’s Executive Fellow (2006), and a USC-CREATE Homeland Security Fellow (2008).