Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
In December 2012, President Obama launched the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to align federal policies and resources with local needs and priorities for recovery.
Chaired by Shaun Donovan, then Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Task Force was also charged with furnishing recommendations for rebuilding towards long-term resilience. As the Task Force began developing its understanding of the situation on the ground, Donovan made contact with the water management administration in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, home to some of the world’s leading water experts.
This collaboration between the Dutch and US governments was of great value to the Task Force’s approach. By appointing Henk Ovink to the Task Force as special advisor and Principal of Rebuild by Design, the Dutch government’s insights into the intersection of politics, design, and planning became embedded into the Task Force’s work.
Source: The Rebuild by Design Book