Amy helps clients identify and reduce the risks posed by natural disasters while building resilience.
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Amy Macdonald, who joined Thornton Tomasetti’s Property Loss Consulting practice in 2012, has some 10 years of geotechnical engineering, hazard mitigation, disaster response and recovery project experience. She specializes in providing clients with strategies to offset both physical and financial risk and has consulted on numerous projects ranging from the everyday to the catastrophic.
Risk and Resiliency Expertise
Amy has managed multihazard risk assessments, resiliency and mitigation design projects for property owners, insurance companies and public entities. Her experience includes leadership roles in the response, damage assessment and recovery phases of natural disaster events, such as the 2007 Northland floods and landslides, the Gisborne earthquake in 2007 and the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquake sequence, all in New Zealand, as well as CAT-90 Sandy on the Northeast U.S. coast in 2012. Amy also played an instrumental role in the development of NYU Langone Medical Center’s flood mitigation strategy and hazard mitigation grant proposal, which was the second largest award given by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a single project.
Contributions to the Industry
Amy is an active member of the Risk Management Society (RIMS), the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association and is on the AIA New York Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee. She served as vice president of the Canterbury, New Zealand chapter of Engineers Without Borders and was a member of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment. She co-managed the land damage assessment team in Christchurch for the New Zealand Earthquake Commission and was on the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) team in Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake.
Outside of Work
An outdoor sports enthusiast, Amy enjoys water skiing, backcountry ski touring, scuba diving and cycling. She often combines her love for exploring the world with her favorite active pursuits. Amy has skied in the Kashmiri Himalayas on the border of India and Pakistan, completed a self-supported cycle trip across Europe and has been scuba diving on five continents.
• Multihazard risk assessment
• Geotechnical engineering
• Post-disaster response and recovery
• Hazard mitigation
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