In the six years since its inception, the Bill Anderson Fund has fostered and supported a budding body of interdisciplinary scholars traditionally underrepresented in the field of natural hazards and disaster science. To date, nearly two dozen program alum have received exemplary training, mentorship, and networking opportunities during their time with BAF, all of which have provided a solid foundation upon which to establish impactful careers in the discipline.
Now as early career professionals, these BAF alum are currently contributing to the disaster field in work that is as diverse as it its geographically dispersed. From coast to coast, BAF alum now serve as faculty, program directors, postdoctoral scholars, research associates, engineers, and urban planners in universities, federal agencies, consulting firms, and municipal governments across the United States.
As members of the BAF Alumni Network, we are grateful for the opportunities participation in BAF afforded us. These include, but certainly are not limited to, helping us grow confident in our professional identities as natural hazards and disaster scholars, and translating that confidence into meaningful contributions as current practitioners. We are raising funds for the Disaster Dash to ensure that future generations of BAF fellows are given the same opportunities we had through BAF, and as such, are set up to enter their respective career paths with both great confidence and great success.