Alice Hill

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Alice C. Hill is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution where her work focuses on building resilience to destabilizing catastrophic events, including the impacts of climate change. Prior to joining Hoover, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy for the National Security Council.  While at the White House, Hill led the development of national policy regarding national security and climate change, incorporation of climate resilience considerations into international development, Federal efforts in the Arctic, building national capabilities for long-term drought resilience, and establishment of national risk management standards for 3 of the most damaging natural hazards.  She served as a member of  several U.S. delegations, including to the GLACIER Conference regarding climate change in the Arctic. Hill previously served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as an ex officio member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment. In addition, she led the DHS Task Force responsible for creating the first ever climate adaptation plans for the Department.  She is also the founder and first Chairperson of the internationally recognized Blue Campaign, an initiative to combat human trafficking.

Prior to her work in Washington, Hill served as Supervising Judge on both the Superior and Municipal Courts in Los Angeles and as Chief of the white-collar crime prosecution unit in the Los Angeles United States Attorney’s Office. She has received numerous awards, including the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s “Judge of the Year” Award and the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for outstanding legal achievement, as well as commendations from Federal, state, and non-governmental organizations.

She received her BA from Stanford University and JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Analysis and Commentary

After The Storms Have Passed: Rebuilding With Climate Change In Mind

by Alice Hillvia The Bulletin
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In 1953, the North Sea Flood in the Netherlands killed over 1,800 people, damaged tens of thousands of buildings, swept away livestock, and contaminated fertile lands, rendering them unusable for many years. The Dutch refer to these floods as the waternoodramp, or “water emergency disaster,” and on February 1 of each year, they still commemorate those who died then. 

Analysis and Commentary

Mr. President, You Need A Winning Strategy Against The Next Harvey

by Alice Hillvia The Hill
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Each year the president of the United States receives a briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) about the upcoming hurricane season. This year’s briefing on August 4th was no different. After the briefing, President Trump tweeted, “Preparedness is an investment in our future!”

Analysis and Commentary

Shoring Up Coastal Infrastructure Is Long Past Due

by Alice Hillvia The Hill
Friday, August 25, 2017

It’s nearly Labor Day weekend and for millions of Americans that means heading to the coasts to enjoy a vacation of sun and surf at the beach. But imagine Labor Day in a few decades’ time with no beach to enjoy and coastal communities isolated by flooded roads.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Is Putting Us All At Risk Of More Hurricane Sandy Flood Disasters

by Alice Hillvia Newsweek
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

President Trump’s decision to kill the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard may not sound like a big deal, but it is.

Analysis and Commentary

The Same Houses Flood Every Year And We Keep Paying For Them

by Alice Hill, Craig Fugatevia The Hill
Monday, July 31, 2017

There is a house outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that is prone to flooding. It’s worth close to $56,000. Over the years, it has flooded a lot — about 40 times — and accumulated almost $430,000 in flood insurance claims

Analysis and Commentary

Energy And Environment In The Trump Administration

by James L. Sweeney, Alice Hillvia Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hoover Institution fellows James Sweeney and Alice Hill discuss energy policy at the 2017 Silicon Valley Energy Summit.

Analysis and Commentary

Nuclear Energy, Climate Change And Security Threats

by Alice Hill, Laura S. H. Holgatevia Lawfare
Friday, June 2, 2017

In the middle of the last century, Dr. Murdock Head, a George Washington University professor, acquired an old manor house and farm known as Airlie outside the nation’s capital. Dr. Head wanted to create a place where experts and organizations could meet in a neutral environment to analyze the pressing issues of the day. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Catastrophic Risks Of Climate Change: The US Turns Its Back On The World

by Alice Hillvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 1, 2017

My business just picked up. I wish it hadn’t. I am in the business of finding better ways to prepare for the catastrophic, largely irreversible risks posed by climate change. The risks are so bad that most of us avoid talking about them at the dinner table.

Analysis and Commentary

Arctic Security Poses Icy Chess Game With Russia, China

by Alice Hillvia The Hill
Friday, May 19, 2017

In Fairbanks, Alaska, last week, the United States passed the Arctic Council gavel to Finland. Started over twenty years ago, the council brings together the eight Arctic nations to tackle common problems in the region before they get out of hand.

Analysis and Commentary

Biodefense: Coordinating Our Response To Deadly Disease

by Alice Hillvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ninety-nine years ago, on March 11, 1918, mess cook Albert Gitchell reported sick to the camp infirmary in Fort Riley, Kansas. By noon, over 100 soldiers were hospitalized. Soldiers began to die. By the end of April, two-thirds of the main Army camps were suffering from the influenza epidemic.