Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce Alan Kwok has been named NCG's new Director of Disaster Resilience.
He brings years of experience working in Bay Area disaster response and leadership in the emerging field of community resilience to this new position. Alan comes to NCG from the program team at our partner organization, San Diego Grantmakers.
“Alan’s facility with philanthropy, disaster, and our statewide Philanthropy California Alliance position him perfectly to hit the ground running at this critical time," says Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO of NCG. "He is already demonstrating considerable leadership as we grapple with the current fires in Northern and Southern California. We are all fortunate to have the benefit of Alan’s expertise as we look ahead to the long road of recovery before us.”
Alan previously served as Director of Learning at San Diego Grantmakers, where he oversaw their programming in social equity, corporate social responsibility, collective giving, and professional development.
His research and practice in disaster management draws from state-of-the-art practices across the country and globally. He has also previously served as the Manager of Ready Neighborhoods, a FEMA-award winning community resilience initiative at the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he helped build community disaster capacities in over 20 neighborhoods across Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano counties.
In addition to supporting NCG’s members in responding to disaster, Alan will provide leadership to our three regional associations (Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers) as part of Philanthropy California to coordinate responses in the event of a disaster, as is currently happening with fires on both ends of the state.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and master’s degree in geography at San Francisco State University.
He will soon defend his PhD thesis in Emergency Management at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. His thesis focuses on the social conditions and dynamics between people and organizations in neighborhood-based disaster resilience. His research has been published in World Bank and government publications, as well as in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Prevention and Management.