Our Team

Laura Seraydarian,  

Executive Director

Laura Seraydarian is a leader in the field of resilience with over a decade of experience working on resilience initiatives in South and Southeast Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and at home in Boulder County. She is an expert in strategic development, participatory planning, complex problem solving, and leadership development. 

 

Laura brings a unique, systems-level perspective with a background in both the physical and social sciences. The first 10 years of her career were spent as a hydrogeologist and licensed Professional Geologist (P.G.) working on water infrastructure, environmental monitoring/remediation, climate science, and coastal geomorphology. Her work in the field brought forward the systemic socio-political challenges hindering the human-environment continuum that were not being solved through science or engineering. This led to a series of work, across scales and geographies, aimed at 'bridging the gap' through the field of Resilience. Laura developed resilience strategies to address the uncertainties of climate change, natural disasters, and socio-politics and to enhance internal resilience in local government and community leadership. She specializes in bringing teams together and developing partnerships to facilitate resilience-building initiatives.

 

Since founding The Boulder Center for Resilience in 2015 (formerly Creative Vision Works), Laura has been heavily involved in the growth, development, and implementation of Boulder County and BoCo Strong’s work around community resilience. Over the last two years, she has developed a program for 'Resilience Visioning and Planning for Individuals' working primarily with individuals in Boulder's start-up and gig economy. 

Select Projects

  • The Livelihood Project: working to improve the livelihoods of women and girls in marginalized populations. The project focused on linking individuals and micro-project interventions to larger efforts in ASEAN countries. 

  • Program Evaluation: USAID Flash Flood Disaster Risk Reduction programming over a 20-year period in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan region (HKH). 

  • Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN): a collaborative network of ten (10) pilot cities in South and Southeast Asia working to develop resilience strategies to address identified vulnerabilities and impacts from climate change.

Select Publications

Rachel Norton,

Resilience Associate

Dr. Rachel Norton has extensive experience conducting qualitative research and analysis in the fields of resilience, disaster risk reduction, community engagement, and leadership development. As a practitioner, Dr. Norton’s work includes facilitating resilience assessments and processes, building organizational and community capacity, and developing leadership programming. She draws on a variety of qualitative research methodologies and engagement tools to support learning and problem solving for community organizations, local governments, and individuals. She brings an understanding of the theories and frameworks within the field of resilience and a breadth of experience of practical application in Boulder County and greater Colorado.

 

For the past 3 years she has been working with The Boulder Center for Resilience as a researcher, facilitator, and a contributor to program design. 

Select Projects

  • Translating Resilience: A qualitative interview study of Hispanic Women and the Resort Service Industry in Colorado, Dissertation-University of Colorado Denver.

  • Food, Energy and Water Security. Worked for University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

  • Colorado Health Equity Learning Series. Contracted to run focus groups for The Colorado Trust.

  • Resilience Narratives. Worked for ISET. Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Select Publications

Chris Fabian, 

Senior Budget Advisor

Chris Fabian is founder and CEO of both the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration. Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change. ResourceX provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools to implement a priority based budget using data and evidence to transparently and exponentially improve results for citizens and the community. He combined both companies in 2017 under ResourceX, with staff members in Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Ohio. PBB is now practiced and applied by over 200 organizations across North America.

 

Chris’ journey into the world of Government Finance began in 2003, when his very first company, the Local Government Solutions Group, partnered with David Osborne’s “Public Strategies Group” – Osborne, co-author of “Reinventing Government” and “The Price of Government.” In partnership with Public Strategies, Chris worked with some of the country's first pioneers in “Budgeting for Outcomes” – the process that first attempted to propose an alternative to traditional line-item budgeting approach, emphasizing the “Outcomes” that the public gets for its money.

 

“PBB” is currently recognized as a leading practice by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National League of Cities (NLC), the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA), as well as the Alliance for Innovation. Chris is working with the BCFR to develop a model for PBB that integrates resilience frameworks, metrics, and processes.