Philip Schneider

National Institute of Building Sciences

Philip Schneider has more than 25 years of experience directing national level projects in natural hazards and overseeing expert committees and consultants. At the National Institute of Building Sciences he is currently the executive director of the Building Seismic Safety Council and Director of the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC). The MMC provides a forum for disaster professionals to exchange valuable information on emerging trends in building technology and federal policy, and to address issues that play a critical role in disaster resilience and sustainability. Schneider reestablished the council in 2010 and, as its director, oversees its board and Resilience and Communications Committees.

Schneider is a principal author and editor of the MMC publications Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization and An Addendum to the White Paper for Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization. The White House, U.S. House of Representatives committees, and other public and private organizations have shown positive interest in these publications.

Another MMC initiative under Schneider's direction involves a team of experts who have begun a new Mitigation Saves study to evaluate the cost effectiveness of disaster mitigation efforts in both the public and private sectors. The study has the financial support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Code Council, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, and the American Institute of Architects.