Project Management Challenges: Creating a New Grant Program to Make Communities More Resilient from Natural Hazards


About the Program

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) is FEMA’s new Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program. In this session, Eric Letvin, FEMA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation will provide an overview of the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program. As part of the discussion, Mr. Letvin will identify eligibility and technical requirements of the BRIC program along followed by a discussion lifeline, building code adoption and nature-based solutions. Participants will gain an understanding of how BRIC’s program operates, including funding and how to apply. Links to tools and resources, such as past webinars and program support materials, will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with some of the Project Management challenges associated with disaster mitigation projects.
  • Gain an understanding of FEMA’s new Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program.
  • Obtain tools and resources for disaster mitigation projects

About the Speaker

Eric Letvin Headshot

Eric Letvin

Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)
Deputy Assistant Administrator

Mr. Letvin serves as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation. Mr. Letvin directs FEMA’s pre- and post-disaster mitigation programs that support sustainable, disaster-resilient communities, to avoid or reduce the loss of life, property, and financial impacts of natural hazards. These programs include the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the Flood Mitigation Assistance grants, the Floodplain Management component of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and the Community Rating System under the NFIP. In addition, Mr. Letvin leads the hazard mitigation disaster workforce cadre and overall disaster operations for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Mr. Letvin was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2016.

Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Letvin was the Director of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Reduction Policy with the National Security Council, The White House. He coordinated the development and effective delivery of mitigation capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal and advised the President in the mitigation mission area. Mr. Letvin led interagency efforts to develop Executive Orders which resulted in the resiliency of the built environment to flood, earthquake and wildfire hazards. Prior to serving at the National Security Council, Mr. Letvin was the Disaster and Failure Studies Program Director within the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Engineering Laboratory. Before coming to NIST, Mr. Letvin was Leader of Infrastructure Research and Resiliency Team in the Homeland Security Group of URS (AECOM). Mr. Letvin holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore

About The PM Industry Insights

Industry Insights is PMI Washington DC's series addresses the practical aspects of trending topics in Project Management & Agile.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, techniques, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, and industry experts.

Both Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to PMI certified holders.

Event Details

Date & Time

15 December 2020

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM (EST-05:00)


Virtual Meeting


1.00 Technical