With a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Iowa and experience with disaster recovery projects, Doug brings a unique perspective on how to prepare and recover from catastrophes. He uses his knowledge to guide and educate communities on how to make smart decisions now in order to become more resilient against future floods, tornadoes, and other disasters.
Off the clock
Doug always has fun hiking, biking, and kayaking, but if he had to choose, hiking is his favorite. He says that each hike in Iowa offers something new because the prairie changes so quickly with the seasons. You can also find him photographing and trying to identify the different species of birds, insects, and wildflowers. Recently, Doug’s been working on his historic home and gardening with his wife, Sheila. The couple enjoys working to reduce their carbon footprint by making the house more energy-efficient, growing their own fruits and vegetables, and maintaining their pollinator gardens. With a home that hadn’t been occupied for over thirty years before they purchased it, there’s plenty to do!