Featured Sessions & Speakers


Opening Plenary & Project Awards

Craig Fugate, former FEMA Administrator

W. Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009. Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Fugate set a clear and compelling vision, mission, and priorities for FEMA and relentlessly drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, Fugate was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma).

Keynote Lunch

Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune

Leigh Gallagher is the Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of subjects, oversees Fortune franchises including the magazine’s 40 Under 40 rankings and hosts Fortune Live, the publication’s weekly half-hour business news show airing Thursdays at 11am. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women and Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summits and speaks regularly at Fortune and other business and economics conferences.


Leigh is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, CNBC’s Squawk Box, public radio’s Marketplace and a variety of other outlets. She is a co-chair of the Fortune U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Leigh’s first book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (Portfolio, August 2013) has been described as a “first-rate social history,” a “steel fist in a velvet glove,” and “fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live.”

Closing Lunch & Chapter Awards

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Sr. Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, Hip Hop Caucus

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus (“HHC”), a nationwide non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. In his role at HHC, Mustafa leads the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.


Mustafa is renowned as a national speaker, trainer and facilitator specializing in social justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities. Throughout his career, he has conducted more than 1,000 presentations countrywide, including speeches, guest lectures and trainings. He has also worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Mustafa joined the Hip Hop Caucus, after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.