Rebecca Laberenne

Rebecca has two decades of experience focused on improving the quality and safety of the built environment, with a particular interest in housing and social infrastructure in rapidly urbanizing countries with high natural hazard risk. 

Most recently she was a Senior Consultant to the World Bank’s Global Program for Safer Schools, providing technical assistance to school infrastructure investment projects in West Africa, Central Asia, and the Caribbean. She has also consulted for The Rockefeller Foundation, The Resilience Shift, Resilient Cities Catalyst and Resilient Cities Network on climate adaptation and infrastructure resilience. She was previously the Associate Director for Innovation in the Built Environment at The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative where she led the formation of 20+ strategic partnerships focused on the built environment, infrastructure, and disaster risk management. 

She has a background in structural engineering and started her career working at Guy Nordenson and Associates in New York where she worked for 13 years and was the lead structural engineer for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., among other building and infrastructure projects. She also worked as a Program Manager and Structural Engineer for the social enterprise Build Change on post-earthquake housing reconstruction in China and Haiti. 

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Certificate in Architecture from Princeton University; a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from University of California, Berkeley; and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from New York University.