UH Manoa Professor receives Community Resilience Leadership Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Karl Kim, (808) 956-6865
NDPTC Executive Director, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Posted: Mar 24, 2016

Dolores Foley receives the NDPTC Community Resilience Award from NDPTC Executive Director Karl  Kim.
Dolores Foley receives the NDPTC Community Resilience Award from NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim.

Dolores Foley, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, has received the 2016 National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) Community Resilience Leadership Award. Presented at the Pacific Risk Management ʻohana (PRiMO) Conference by NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim, the award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward making communities better able to withstand, respond to, and recover from hazards and threats such as hurricanes, tsunamis and flooding.  

Foley is known for her efforts to aid in the evaluation of unmet training needs related to community resilience, as well as her work in the development and delivery of training courses in Hawai‘i, Samoa and in many communities in Indonesia. She also serves on the National Board of the Kettering Foundation's National Issues Forum Institute and is a leading authority on deliberative processes supporting community development. 

“Dolores combines a deep understanding of community processes, as well as a commitment to social justice and capability building. As an educator, she has helped promote learning about resilience in the classroom and in the communities where it matters most," said NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim.

The NDPTC is part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which was established by Congress in 1998. Funded with a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NDPTC is focused on natural hazards, coastal communities, and the special needs and opportunities associated with islands and territories. It works to reduce disaster risks through urban planning, environmental management, and through addressing the needs of underserved at-risk populations. To date, the program has delivered FEMA-certified training courses to more than 22,000 first responders and emergency managers, across the United States and its flag and trust territories.  

Foley’s research and consulting areas focus on community planning, citizen participation, and governance of non-profit and community organizations.  She teaches courses on community planning, social policy and collaborative problem solving. She has published articles on organization change, collaboration and social issues. She has produced reports, evaluations and studies for governmental and community organizations. Much of her work is with governmental and community organizations in developing organizational and individual capacities. 

Foley received her BA from Pennsylvania State University (‘67), her MPA from California State University (‘81) and her PhD from University of Southern California (’89).


The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which was expanded in 2007 to address all-hazards capabilities by the addition of the University of Hawai‘i. The NDPTC is authorized to develop and deliver training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. The NDPTC actively engages internally with FEMA and the University of Hawai‘i, as well as with external partners across the region to integrate the delivery of its trainings, products and services


The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences brings together a diverse faculty and student body from across the world for innovative research and a unique learning environment in the Asia Pacific Region that fosters practical solutions for critical global and local issues through planning, public policy and social collaboration. Responding to the global need for cooperative responses to environmental crises, resource scarcities, and socio-political conflicts, DURP takes a visionary “whole society” approach to planning and works with various partners to deepen social and human understanding with the aim of increasing resilience, sustainability and quality of life for all.

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context. Its student-centered environment id dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it prepares students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai‘i and Asia.

Established in 2003, PRiMO is comprised of more than 100 organizations that jointly participate in the effort to aid the Pacific Islands in developing and implementing action plans that improve resilience in the Pacific region.. Membership within the organization includes individuals from emergency response organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, universities, local planning institutions, and the medical and private sectors.

The National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization funded through the Kettering Foundation. NIFI serves to promote public deliberation and coordinate the activities of the National Issues Forums network. Its activities include publishing the issue guides and other materials used by local forums groups; encouraging collaboration among forum sponsors; and sharing information about current activities of the network. For more information about the National Issues Forums Institute and National Issues Forums, visit the NIFI website, www.nifi.org. For information about the Kettering Foundation visit https://www.kettering.org/