Ann-Margaret Esnard is a Distinguished University Professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her expertise includes urban planning, disaster planning, vulnerability assessment, and GIS/spatial analysis. She has been involved in a number of research initiatives, including NSF-funded projects on the topics of population displacement from catastrophic disasters, school recovery after disasters, long-term recovery, and community resilience. Esnard is the coauthor of the 2014 book "Displaced by Disasters: Recovery and Resilience in a Globalizing World, and co-editor of the 2017 book Coming Home after Disaster: Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery.
Esnard has served on a number of state and national committees including the Disasters Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council’s Committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience, and the State of Florida Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning initiative. Esnard currently serves as a member of the Committee for Measuring Community Resilience led by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.