Samantha Medlock is senior vice president and North America lead for Capital, Science, and Policy with Willis Towers Watson, which advances insurance capabilities to address risk and resilience requirements for corporate and public sector clients.
Previously, Medlock was senior advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget and deputy director in the Council on Environmental Quality, coordinating across the Executive Office of the President and the administration to reduce the risks and costs of disasters by strengthening standards, leveraging capital, and creating incentives for cross-sector innovations. Before her White House appointments, she was policy counsel for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, a state and local government official, and led flood programs for the largest water and power utility in the State of Texas.
Medlock has more than 20 years of experience in land use and disaster law, and has testified in Congress on flood risk, levee safety, and resilient recovery from disasters and authored amicus briefs on private property rights and the National Flood Insurance Program. She is a recipient of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service for her service on the National Committee on Levee Safety created by congress after Hurricane Katrina. In addition to supporting U.S. domestic resilience policy and practice, she has participated in numerous international technical exchanges.
Medlock is a certified floodplain manager, a Juris Doctor graduate with honors of Vermont Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, contributor to the executive education program of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law.