Workshop on the Supply of Labor During the Pandemic

August 21, 2020  3:40 pm – 5:10 pm EDT

Labor Supply Workshop News Story

Organizing Committee:

Adam Rose, Director, CREATE Center, University of Southern California (chair)

Ross Maciejewski, Director, CAOE Center, Arizona State University

Fred Roberts, Director, CCICADA Center, Rutgers University


Introductory Remarks: Gia Harrigan, Acting Director, DHS Office of University Programs

Introductory Remarks: Fred Roberts, Director, COE COVID-19 Supply Chain Initiative, Director of CCICADA COE

BIO: Fred S. Roberts
FRED S. ROBERTS is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University and Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), founded as a University Center of Excellence of DHS. He is Emeritus Director of DIMACS, one of the original National Science Foundation science and technology centers, with 14 academic and industrial partners and some 350 affiliated scientists. Among his current research interests are resilience of supply chains, challenges of disasters and pandemics, stadium and large venue security, resource allocation, maritime cyber security, and the homeland security aspects of global environmental change. Roberts has authored four books, edited 24 additional books, and authored 200 scientific articles, some translated into Russian and Chinese, included the first book on maritime cyber security. Among his awards are the Commemorative Medal of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists, the Distinguished Service Award of the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers Pioneer Award, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Panel I: Workplace Safety Issues and Workforce Issues

Moderator: Fred Roberts, Director, CCICADA COE

John Dony, National Safety Council

Bio: John Dony     Slides
John is the Director of the Campbell Institute, the global EHS&S center of excellence. In this role, John sets Institute strategy, oversees day-to-day operation of EHS&S initiatives and other key programs, and works closely with nearly 40 member organizations, partners, and others to share best practices and lessons learned around the world.

Since joining the National Safety Council in 2007, John has led numerous high-impact programs, including the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award. John is a frequent speaker at conferences in North America and Europe on topics including EHS&S management systems, leadership, and leading indicators. Prior to joining the Council, John held quality management, project management, and coalition-building positions in the communication and educational fields.

CAPT Andrew Tucci (USCG, ret.) – Workforce Issues in the Marine Transportation System

Bio: Andrew E. Tucci     Slides
Mr. Tucci is a maritime risk consultant and retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer with 28 years of active duty service.  He has experience and skills in Port Security, Port Safety, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Marine Environmental Response, Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and related risk management fields.  He can be reached at

Gina Ligon, Director, NCITE COE – workforce issues for counter-terrorism workers

Dr. Gina Scott Ligon     Slides
Gina Scott Ligon is a Professor of Management and the Jack and Stephanie Koraleski Chair of Collaboration Science in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She is also the Director of the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center for the Department of Homeland Security. She received her BS in psychology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining UNO, she was a faculty member at Villanova University. Dr. Ligon has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles related to violent extremist organizations, leadership, and collaboration. Dr. Ligon also serves as the editor of one of the premier academic journals on terrorism, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide.

William Spriggs, Howard University and Chief Economist, AFL-CIO

Bio: William Spriggs     Slides
William Spriggs is a professor in, and former Chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University and serves as Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO. In his role with the AFL-CIO he chairs the Economic Policy Working Group for the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and serves on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is currently on the Advisory Board to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute. He served on the joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Public Administration’s Committee on the Fiscal Future for the United States; and with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Closing the Equity Gap: Securing Our STEM Education and Workforce Readiness Infrastructure that produced the report: Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening America’s STEM Workforce (2019).

In 2014 he was a recipient of the NAACP Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame” Award, and in 2016 he received the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance.

From 2009 to 2012, Bill served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he also served as chairman of the Healthcare Trust for UAW Retirees of the Ford Motor Company and as chairman of the UAW Retirees of the Dana Corporation Health and Welfare Trust, vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute; and, as Senior Fellow of the Community Service Society of New York.

Bill has played a leading role in economic policy development serving: as Executive Director for the Institute for Opportunity and Equality of the National Urban League; with various federal agencies; and the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

He graduated from Williams College, and holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has taught at North Carolina A & T State University (in Greensboro) and Norfolk State University (in Virginia).

Bill Richmond, PNNL – workplace safety at PNNL

Bio: Bill Richmond     Slides
Bill currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the National Security Directorate (NSD) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and is responsible for the operations and budgets of the 1300+-staff directorate.

In this role, Bill is responsible for smooth and efficient directorate operations, project execution, and capability development with a day-to-day focus on operational excellence and a long-term focus on aligning organizational capabilities with Directorate strategy and the needs of national security sponsors. Responsibilities include managing key metrics and performance indicators related to cost, project performance, and operational performance, including maintaining an integrated capability management plan. This plan drives NSD’s recruiting of world-class staff and provides an evaluation of  the portfolio of work that simultaneously supports sponsors’ missions while focusing on the advancement of science and technology.

Bill joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1991, and since that time has been involved in developing and implementing many projects, ranging from waste form development and process systems design to tritium production and nuclear weapons disassembly.

Just prior to becoming COO, Bill served as the Project Management Office (PMO) Director, where he was responsible for risk acceptance and management and supervised the execution of projects that supported DOE, NNSA, DOD, and DHS sponsors by conducting high-hazard nuclear or biological work at the laboratory. His project portfolio in the PMO ranged from fundamental research into chemicals and radioactive materials to intermediate-scale operations with radioactive materials to support signature discovery and pilot-scale operations to demonstrate processing technologies. Bill was also responsible for development of a Biosafety Level 3 capability for the laboratory, to support sponsors in research in detecting and understanding the risk of biological agents.

Before his role as PMO Director, Bill was the project manager and the Technology Integration Manager for the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility (PDCF)  project. The PDCF project is a large ($50 million) commercial project for the design of a facility to process excess nuclear weapons pits into oxides for use in commercial reactor fuel. In addition to managing the project, he was responsible for direction of all technology development work. This included directing Los Alamos National Lab and Savannah River National Lab and commercial entities performing work for the project. Bill began his career at PNNL as the Environmental Safety and Health Manager for the project.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Panel II: Economic Costs

Moderator: Adam Rose, Director of CREATE COE

Bio: Adam Rose     Slides
Adam Rose is a Research Professor in the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, Director of USC’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), Senior Research Fellow of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and a Faculty Affiliate of the University of Illinois Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI). Professor Rose’s primary research interest is the economics of terrorism and natural disasters.  He has spearheaded the development of CREATE’s comprehensive economic consequence analysis framework and has done pioneering theoretical and empirical research on resilience at the level of the individual business/household, market/industry and regional/national economy.  He has also completed dozens of case studies of disaster consequences, resilience and recovery, including the September 11 terrorist attacks.  He is the author of several books and 250 professional papers. He has received several honors and awards for his research including, the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management Outstanding Research Award, Regional Economic Models, Inc. Excellence in Economic Analysis Award, and Applied Technology Council Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is also an elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International.

Tony Cheesebrough, Chief Economist, CISA

Bio: Tony Cheesebrough     Those interested in learning more can contact and can also visit
Tony Cheesebrough is Chief Economist for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and also an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  As Chief Economist for CISA, Tony leads a team of economists that apply benefit-cost analysis, economic impact analysis, modeling and simulation, risk analysis, and quantitative policy analysis to inform prioritization and resource allocation decisions for customers throughout DHS, the federal interagency community, state and local partners, and the White House.  Tony previously served as Director for Risk and Capability Analytics in the DHS Office of Policy and Deputy Assistant Director for Risk Analytics in the DHS Office of Risk Management and Analysis.  Tony is a member of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis, the American Economic Association, the Economics of National Security Association, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.  He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in applied microeconomic analysis from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a B.A. in economics with the equivalent of a minor in mathematics from Swarthmore College.

Janet Kohlhase, University of Houston

Bio: Janet E. Kohlhase     Slides
Dr. Janet E. Kohlhase is a Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. She has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests center on urban economics and regional science; most recently her works examine polycentric cities as well as labor force diversity and new firm formation and survival. Her work has been published in journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science and Annals of Regional Science. She has long been active in the global associations of Regional Science, particularly the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA). She was elected to be a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International in 2018. In addition to co-editing the Annals of Regional Science, she serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Regional Science and Papers in Regional Science. Currently, she is president of the Western Regional Science Association and the Treasurer of the Urban Economics Association.

Richard John, CREATE COE

Bio: Richard S. John     Slides
Richard John is Professor of Psychology and Associate Director at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California.  His research focuses on normative and descriptive models of human judgment and decision making and methodological issues in the application of decision analysis and probabilistic risk analysis (PRA).  Richard has consulted on a number of large projects involving expert elicitation, including analysis of nuclear power plant risks (NUREG 1150) and analysis of cost and schedule risk for tritium supply alternatives. Richard has over 100 refereed publications, including top journals published by The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). Richard received his PhD. in quantitative psychology from the University of Southern California in 1984, M.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1983, and B.S. in applied mathematics (summa cum laude) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1976.

Industry Participant: Dr. Aaron Strong, RAND Corporation

Bio: Dr. Aaron Strong      Slides           
Aaron Strong is an economist at the RAND Corporation.  Recently, his work has centered around estimated the macroeconomic impact of a variety of different policies and programs including: NPI responses to COVID, hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, land loss in Louisiana, changes to workers’ compensation in California, Medicaid expansion, and changes to regulations for oil and gas refineries in California.  In addition, Aaron is interested in the role of systemic risk and resilience across the broad economy including development of a framework for estimating the value of resilience projects, a firm level model of the US economy, and valuing natural capital.  Prior to joining RAND he held faculty positions at the University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado and B.A. in math from Luther College.

Closing Discussion: Next Steps

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