Resilience United was founded to make community resilience more proactive, understandable, customizable and ultimately, more achievable. More than bouncing back from adversity, our goals are to make prevention a key element of resilience and to help communities:

  • Identify key skills, capacities, resources and relationships
  • Increase capacity and cooperation
  • Inspire action by building a better understanding of resilience
  • Anticipate potential hurdles to during implementation and devise solutions for overcoming them.

Since 2012, our program has helped numerous communities across the country organize citizens, stakeholders, businesses, community groups and local governments to identify issues and take action to solve existing problems and head off future threats. Along the way, we’ve gained valuable insights that have helped us constantly improve our program and do more for the communities we serve. And we’ve opened the lines of communication between communities to share ideas, strategies and resources to strengthen their efforts.

About Our Founder

David Eisenman, MD, MSHS

David Eisenman

For more than 20 years, Resilience United's Founder, David Eisenman, has focused his energy, passion and research efforts have been focused on understanding, improving and expanding community resilience. His expertise has led to appointments on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and as Preparedness Science Officer for the Los Angeles County Public Health Department where he was a lead scientist on the LA County Community Disaster Resilience Project. A Primary Care Physician specializing in Internal Medicine, David earned his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Today, he serves as Professor-in-Residence in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He directs the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters and is Deputy Director for Community Partnerships in the UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions.

Special Recognition to Our Partners

  • Noha Aboelata, Chief Executive Officer, ROOTS Community Health Center, Oakland
  • Nancy Carlson, Behavioral Health Director in the Office of Emergency Preparedness at the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighborhood Empowerment Network
  • Robin Keegan, Director, Resilient Baton Rouge
  • Richard Klomp, Behavioral Scientist, Clinical Director, Clinical Coordinator, Resilience Assessment and Maintenance Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Robin Pfohman, Community Resilience + Equity Program Manager, King County
  • John Plodinec, Associate Director for Resilience Technologies, Community and Regional Resilience Institute
  • Jeffrey Rubin, Emergency Manager, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
  • David Eisenman, Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Director, Center for Public Health and Disasters
  • Kenneth Wells, Professor, UCLA Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director, Center for Health Services and Society
  • Anita Chandra, Director, RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment; Senior Policy Researcher; Affiliated Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Malcolm Williams, Policy Researcher; Associate Director, RAND Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department
  • Maureen Jerrett, Science Writer
  • Kristina Peterson, Lowlander Center
  • Ann Greene, West River Community Resilience Team
  • Benjamin Springgate, LSU School of Medicine
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