Beatriz Hummell

Highly motivated, self-directed professional with extensive education and solid experience in impacting growth and success through qualitative program development and staff leadership. Skilled at conducting research, data analysis and reporting. Strong ability to collaborate effectively with research teams and leaders.

[email protected]
+31 06 14 786856 

Address: Nieuw Nijenrode 217 3621 MR Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands 

Citizenship: American and Brazilian

Date of Birth: 11/09/1983


Doctor of Science, Urban Management - 2014

Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Master of Science, Urban Management - 2010

Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism - 2007

Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism - 2007

Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Professional Experience

American Red Cross, Portland, OR, USA • Jul 2016 - Sep 2016

Regional Preparedness Manager

Managed preparedness programs for vulnerable communities in the Portland Metro Area. Coordinated volunteers and staff for program content delivery. Coordinated with community partners to prepare for natural disasters. 


• Executed national Home Fire Campaign, a program designed to reduce home fire fatalities by 25% (in 5 years) by installing 10-year, lithium battery alarms in residences 

• Recruited, trained, coached, and mentored disaster-preparedness volunteers and Red Cross Corps members 

• Regional duty officer; experience in emergency dispatch functions

American Red Cross, Vancouver, WA, USA • Sep 2015 - Jul 2016

Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator, AmeriCorps

Delivered outstanding client programs for vulnerable communities. Coordinated with diverse community audiences—including youth and special needs— to deliver compelling disaster-preparedness presentations. Conducted mass-care activities in complex and rapidly changing disaster responses. 


• Executed national Home Fire Campaign 

• Recruited and trained disaster-preparedness volunteers 

• Coordinated disaster preparedness presentations and outreach events for 12,000+ individuals in 8 months, significantly exceeding the presentation goal of 4,000 people in 10.5 months 

National Service for Industrial Apprenticeship, Curitiba, Brazil 

Coordinator, Construction Control Undergraduate Program • Jun 2013 - Aug 2015

Initiated academic research and served as legal research representative for the institution. Conducted research and writing of superior, education-related institutional documents. 


• Increased Federal Education Ministry scoring of undergraduate programs from a 2 (very low) to a 4 (very high) in 10 months 

• Served as project leader to implement new educational facilities, coordinating with education and civil construction teams 

• Served as member of Higher Education Board 

• Led and managed faculty/program staff to achieve all program goals 

• Designed program's curriculum in compliance with all national legal patterns and procedures

Senior Higher Education Analyst • Apr 2010 - Jul 2012

Assisted Curitiba International School for Urban Sustainability (CISUS) project director in designing and implementing urban, sustainability themed courses. 
• Contributed to organizing annual conferences on urban sustainability for 2,000+ participants 
• Cooperated with governmental institutions to organize courses and events on urban sustainability 
• Elaborated and published content on social media 

Positivo University, Curitiba, Brazil • Apr 2014 - Aug 2015

Assistant Professor - Architecture and Urbanism Undergraduate Program

Designed classes and methodology for content delivery based on existing curriculum. Taught Urbanism Fundamentals class to 200 undergraduate-level students per semester. 


• Developed field research and led students as part of a research team 

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA • Aug 2012 - May 2013

Data Analyst / Visiting Research Associate

Collaborated with American, Chinese and French researchers to conduct research on developing Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) replication study for Brazil. 


• Led research on social vulnerability in Brazil, published in international peer-reviewed journal and UNU-EHS' SOURCE

• Evaluated content for Assessment of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (AIRDR) Project 

• Participated in damage and resilience assessment projects in Biloxi, MS and the Jersey shore 



Portuguese (Native)

English (Fluent)

Spanish (Basic)


Mapping (ArcGIS) | Statistics (Excel, SPSS) | Graphic (AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Photoshop, Corel Draw)


Excellent communications skills with the ability to separate the important details from the minor to achieve efficient, relevant knowledge transfer and updates to all organizational levels


Proven track record of successfully working in multi-cultural and team environments


Has published in international peer-reviewed journals; Member of World Disaster Report 2016 Editorial Board; Acts as reviewer for International Academic Peer-Review Journals in Brazil and the United States

Work experience

Experience working and living in a developing country and conducting research in underprivileged communities

Publications (Short List)

• Hummell, B. Cutter, S. Emrich, C. 2016. Social Vulnerability to Natural Hazards in Brazil. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 23:1-12 

• Hummell, B. 2014. Geographies of Solidarity: Disparities in International Aid for Global Disasters 2000-2010 (published in Portuguese). DSc dissertation, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná Brazil 

• Hummell, B. 2013. Hazards social vulnerability and resilience in Brazil: An assessment of data availability and related research. SOURCE (Print) (Bonn). 17:44-63

Hobbies and Interests

CrossFit, running, hiking; Traveling, cooking; Stationary lover.

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