Coastal Community Resilience Programs Associate
Rachelle Thomason is the Coastal Community Resilience Programs Associate at Foundation for Louisiana, as part of our increasing work on coastal resiliency issues in the state. Rachelle works on a number of outreach and planning efforts that include Louisianaâ€™s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) as well as the TOGETHER Initiative: Coastal Edition, along with assisting with the development of the Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund.
Rachelle graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Meteorology and later received her Master of Science Degree in Coastal Geomorphology from the University of New Orleans (UNO) where her research focused on marsh erosion in Biloxi Marsh.
In addition to her experience in meteorology and coastal geomorphology, Rachelle interned at NOAA River Forecasting Center in Slidell where she gained first-hand experience in forecasting riverine flooding.
Rachelle has applied her scientific background to grow local capacity and knowledge around increased flood risk across the coast, Louisiana’s watersheds, and increasingly urbanized environments and how these future risks exacerbate the current socioeconomic conditions within communities.
Contact Rachelle at [email protected]