Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The leadership team of the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience oversees a multidisciplinary research program with a national profile, helping catalyze the action needed to build vibrant communities, strong economies, and healthy ecosystems across the Commonwealth of Virginia despite natural hazards and climate change.

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Jessica Whitehead

Appointed in 2021, Dr. Jessica Whitehead is the Joan P. Brock Endowed Executive Director of the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience at Old Dominion University. A nationally recognized expert in climate adaptation and using climate information for resilience policy and adaptation action, Whitehead was the first state Chief Resilience Officer for North Carolina, based in the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency. An action-oriented leader, her work helping coastal communities in the Carolinas adapt to climate change has been featured in podcasts, books, newspapers, television, and public radio, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Weather Channel.

Contact Dr. Whitehead: 757-683-5031 jcwhiteh@odu.edu
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Carol Considine

Carol Considine is the Director of Applied Projects in the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience and a professor of Engineering Technology in the Batten College of Engineering & Technology at Old Dominion University. She has been active in applied research related to sea level rise since 2012 and has funding that spans from the National Science Foundation to Go VA and private foundations. Recent projects include the Launching a Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy, Identification and Prioritization of Recurrent Flooding Research, and the Coastal Community Design Collaborative.

Contact Ms. Considine: 757-683-3783 cconsidi@odu.edu
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Nicole Hutton

Dr. Nicole Hutton is the Assistant Director of Engagement for Old Dominion University's Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience and an associate professor of Geography in the Department of Political Science and Geography. Her research explores human-environment interactions across hazard types and emergency management stages. Shriners Hospital for Children had a transformational impact on her early life that resonates in her research with nonprofits and vulnerable populations in hazardous settings. She uses iterative participatory mapping processes to engage stakeholders in community resilience building and risk reduction prioritization activities.

Contact Dr. Hutton: 757-683-3841 nhuttons@odu.edu
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Vincent Hodges

Vincent E. Hodges, the Program and Finance Manager for the Institute of Coastal Adaptation and Resilience, directly supports research initiatives on green infrastructure application in built environments, future applications mitigating daytime and nuisance flooding, as well as catastrophic storm and weather event preparation. Hodges has a background in financial management while serving on active duty in the United States military, as well as a U.S. Department of Defense contractor. He has BA in Business Administration and his Master of Social Work from Norfolk State University and has managed various aspects of project management related to advocacy and organizing in communities.

Contact Mr. Hodges: 757-683-3460 vhodges@odu.edu