Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder and Chief Scientist of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities, and a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech. With a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction, including 33 years of federal service with the US Geological Survey. Her work at the USGS included developing the methodology for estimating the probability that an earthquake will be a foreshock to a bigger event, leading the creation of a national science strategy for natural hazards research, creating the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, that has expanded to now encompass over 60 million participants around the world in 2019 and writing over 100 published papers on statistical seismology and integrated disaster scenarios. Her pioneering science was recognized with numerous awards, including the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal), the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union, the Distinguished Service Award from the US Department of Interior, and the William Rogers Award from Brown University.
Since completing her federal service, Dr. Jones has also pursued other interests, including authoring The Big Ones: How natural disasters have shaped us (and what we can do about them). Published by Doubleday in 2018, the book was an Amazon Best Science Book of 2018. She has also focused on performing on the viol with Los Angeles Baroque, and composed a piece for four viols on climate change, In Nomine Terra Calens. In 2020, she launched the podcast, Getting Through It, with co-host John Bwarie.
Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch is a specialist in creative risk communication and director of the risk communications agency Pacifico. He explores the use of non-conventional storytelling in disaster risk-reduction policy, engaging citizens in the process. He works in more than 30 countries with the World Bank, NASA, UNDRR, IADB, UNESCO and the Rockefeller Foundation.
In his work with the World Bank, he has been using music to engage listeners in hurricane preparedness in Haiti and in other Caribbean countries (Disaster Fighters). His work in Japan, in partnership with JICA and UNDRR, includes creating documentaries connecting Japanese tsunami survivors to counterparts in Chile through food (Tsunami Ladies). Before this, he helped create the program Kizuna, helping the Japanese and Chilean governments to share their knowledge and learning on disasters. Emiliano's work has been awarded at international festivals, including a Gold Lion at the Cannes Festival of Creativity, for his Greenpeace campaign Toxic Tours.
Emiliano has worked with Dr. Lucy Jones and Caltech on communicating earthquake risk in the Americas. Together they have explored how music can inspire climate action (Creating Change Through Music: password is violadagamba). This partnership has inspired our goal to create "Tempo, Music for Climate Action."
John Bwarie, founder and CEO of Stratiscope, is legendary for activating communities across the country, as well as educating leaders and organizations in his proprietary, ground-breaking approach to creating a community brand profile. John founded and directs the Community Brand Accelerator, an elite academy for high profile and up-and-coming change-makers seeking to expand their influence and build communities. As he says, “Without community, you are nothing.”
John advises national brands and regional entities on proven, successful community engagement and activation strategies, including Live Nation, American AgCredit, Lucky’s Market, Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and AARP. He provides organizational leadership training and team-building facilitation for companies including Disney, Apple, Wells Fargo, and Kaiser Permanente and major institutions including Caltech, City of Los Angeles, LA Metro, Southern California Assn. of Governments, Pepperdine, and University of Southern California. Using his proprietary research methodology Groundtruthing™, John designs and directs community-based research projects for positive community engagement with cities, brands, developers, and chambers of commerce. He also developed the Community Intelligence Officer (ComIO) training and certification program.
He co-created the Great ShakeOut and California Clean Air Day, which are community engagement campaigns with millions of participants and impressions. He founded the City Impact Lab in Los Angeles and serves as executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, working on transportation planning and regional coordination.
As the co-founder and deputy director of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, John coordinates with every media outlet in SoCal, as well as national and international news outlets and social media, to advance science and community resilience.
From 2018 to 2020, John was invited to serve on the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board for Los Angeles — one of only a handful of such boards across the country. He has worked for four Los Angeles City elected officials, primarily focused on economic and community development.
John is the host of Community Intelligence, a podcast featuring thought leaders and trailblazers working in and with a variety of communities. He also curates and leads cultural immersion and food tours of Los Angeles neighborhoods.
In every sector, John works to connect people and solve problems, focusing on actionable outcomes. When asked to reflect on his work, John says: “My role is to help you captivate and activate the communities you need to support your goals.”
Isabela Miñana Lovelace is a project coordinator and staff at the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society.
She graduated in May of 2020 from Brown University in Providence, RI with an A.B. in Visual Art with Honors and an A.B. in Geological Sciences.
For her undergraduate geology thesis, she worked with the Dr. Jones Center to create, implement, and report on the Community Resilience Program in Huntington Park which aims to build local disaster resilience by emphasizing the importance of acting as a community with connections and coordination rather than as independent individuals.