Sarah Henly-Shepard, MPH, Ph.D. has worked in the fields of public health, disaster response, relief, recovery, resilience, environmental management and community development for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource & Environmental Management from the University of Hawaii @ Manoa focusing on community disaster resilience, a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University with a Certificate in International Humanitarian Assistance and Human Rights. She is the founder, director and lead consultant of Disaster Resilience L.L.C., focusing on community-based disaster resilience, human rights, social justice and equity, and environmental stewardship. She is also the Senior Advisor on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience, and Environment for Mercy Corps, working internationally on climate change adaptation, environmental management, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, humanitarian response, gender equity, human rights, socioecological resilience, among others.
She is also the founder and an artist activist of the Humanitarian Visions Collective, a global multimedia community art and activism collaborative and open network, focused on raising awareness of, and rallying support for, local-to-global and global-to-local human rights, humanitarian, public health, environmental and other key issues of our time, through public and private space exhibits of visual, musical and other media by artists of all backgrounds. She documents her humanitarian and development work through film and digital photography, and is exploring using these images as the center for interactive multimedia pieces complete with audio, to bring participants into the visceral fold of the lives and issues of those people and places featured, raising awareness, solidarity and activism around the most critical issues of our time.