Dr. Alan H. Kwok

Dr. Alan H. Kwok

Director, Climate and Disaster Resilience
Northern California Grantmakers

About this Speaker

Alan Kwok is NCG’s Climate and Disaster Resilience Director. He has 18 years of experience in building resiliency. He is charged with opening opportunity to build community disaster resilience, strengthen philanthropic responses to disasters, enhance cross-sector coordination, and improve organizational readiness among regional associations of grantmakers as part of Philanthropy California.

Prior to joining NCG, Alan was Director of Learning at San Diego Grantmakers, where he oversaw the implementation of programs in social equity, corporate social responsibility, collective giving, leadership and professional development.

He has disaster management experience and seeks to ensure best practices in the field. He was Manager of Ready Neighborhoods, an initiative at the American Red Cross (Bay Area Chapter) that sought to increase community disaster capacities in over 20 neighborhoods. He earned his PhD at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. His research has been published in World Bank and New Zealand government publications, as well as in peer-reviewed journals.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis and master’s degree at San Francisco State University.

Alan usually avoids thinking about disasters in his free time. You can find him in the ocean, the beach, the mountains, or on the river, sometimes with a surfboard, a margarita, and a ukulele.