Dr. Natasha Udu-gama serves as Senior Specialist, responsible for building community partnerships, launching projects, and advancing community science. Natasha brings 10 years of experience in the disaster risk reduction, early warning systems, and climate change adaptation fields to the Thriving Earth Exchange program. Natasha has extensive experience in community engagement, partnership and development at the local, national and international scales. Her PhD in Environment and Geography specializing in multi-sector partnerships for effective and sustainable community-owned early warning systems is from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Most recently, Natasha has served as a consultant for the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS) and Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute in Arlington County, and as Project Advisor/Community Resilience Building through Early Warning Systems (CBDRR) with IFRC’s South East Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. In her spare time, Natasha is an avid cyclist and knows well the cycle ways in DC, the Wiltshire (UK) countryside, Sydney and Bangkok. She is also a budding voice actor.