Gerry Galloway, P.E., PhD is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, where his focus is on water resources policy and management. He is currently serving as a consultant on flood risk management for Army Corps of Engineers, the governor of Louisiana, and the Nature Conservancy’s Yangtze River Program and the WWF’s China Flood Management Program. In April 2010, he was named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Fellow. He served as the co-chair of the experts group on water policy for the UN’s 2009 World Water Development Report Three and is part of the team preparing the 2012 report. As part of US National Academy teams, he has worked with scientists in Finland, Iran and the Ukraine on climate change impacts on water systems and is currently a member of a National Academy of Public Administration panel examining the creation of a National Climate Service. He also served on an Aspen Institute study group examining water, sanitation and hygiene in the developing world and was a member of the US delegation to the Water Forum of the Americas preceding the Fifth World Water Forum.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he served as Secretary of the United States Section of the International Joint Commission (IJC), Washington, DC, an independent binational organization charged with preventing and resolving transboundary air and water quality issues disputes between the US and Canada under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909.. He has served as a consultant to the Executive Office of the President, and has assisted the US Water Resources Council, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, TVA, several states, and various other organizations in water resources related activities. In 1988 he was appointed by President Reagan to the seven member Mississippi River Commission and served on the Commission until 1995. From December 1993 to July 1994 he was assigned to the White House to lead the Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee in assessing the causes of the 1993 Mississippi River floods and in proposing a long-term approach to floodplain management in the US. In 1998, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a member of the American Heritage Rivers Advisory Committee. He recently chaired an Interagency National Levee Policy Review Team for FEMA and an independent review panel examining flood challenges in California’s Central Valley. He was a principal investigator for FEMA in the 2006 study of the adequacy of the National Flood Insurance Program’s 1% flood standard.
He has been a member of nine National Academies committees studying complex water resources and geospatial management issues He is member of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board and its Disaster Roundtable. He served in the US Army for 38 years retiring as a brigadier general and Chief Academic Officer of the US Military Academy. .He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Princeton; a Master’s in Public Administration from Penn State (Capitol Campus), a Master’s in Military Art and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College and a Ph.D. in Geography (Water Resources) from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.