Laurie Schoeman

Enterprise Community Partners
National Director, Resilience and Disaster Recovery

Laurie Schoeman oversees Enterprise’s efforts to preserve and protect affordable housing across the nation from the risks and impacts of natural hazards and a changing climate. Her team assists CDCs, cities, states and the federal government in a wide range of communities across the nation to develop housing that can sustain impacts of natural hazards and incorporate innovative resiliency ideas, technical assistance, and advocacy support into post-event reconstruction of communities. She leads the development of guidance and tools such as the Keep Safe guide to resilient housing and design in Island Communities. Prior to joining Enterprise, Laurie led the development of catalytic capital and educational projects across the nation including the development of San Francisco’s award winning, first Living Building, Platinum Leed certified off-grid education training center; the EcoCenter at Herons’ Head Park [], New York City’s first school-based rooftop greenhouse STEM education center; the nation’s first housing integrated urban agriculture systems; Sky Farms at Forest Houses Public Housing []; and a community flagship art center in the South Bronx, the Bronx River Art Center []. Laurie has led leading edge policy packages including passing the nation’s first utility-sponsored environmental justice policy in San Francisco and a package of Green Building legislation and policy in New York City. She currently advises a range of agencies/organizations on housing resilience, adaptation and mitigation including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), International Code Council (ICC), Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and US Department of Energy (USDOE).