Liza Mantilla

Director, Disaster Management

Liza Mantilla became the new Director of Disaster Management in late May 2013. She comes to PADF with more than 7 years of experience in overseas emergency relief and management, preparedness and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia with the U.S. Government, United Nations, and non-governmental organizations.  Prior to joining PADF, Ms. Mantilla served as the South Asia Program Manager at USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).  Ms. Mantilla also served as the Deputy Manager and Senior Information Officer for the USAID/OFDA Information Support Unit. In addition, Ms. Mantilla worked with the U.N. Children’s Fund in East Timor, where she developed and implemented a project to assess protection and rehabilitation services for at-risk children and youth.

Ms. Mantilla worked on numerous high-profile disasters, developing inclusive strategies to the declared emergencies.  Some of the disaster responses include the 2007 Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, 2008 Cyclone Nargis in Burma, 2008 Horn of Africa regional food insecurity, 2008 tropical storms in Haiti, 2009 Sri Lanka complex emergency, 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2011 Libya crisis, and the 2012 winter emergency in Afghanistan.

Ms. Mantilla has extensive experience in developing cohesive and appropriate emergency response, preparedness and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction programs and strategic plans as well as leading the administration and implementation of emergency response, mitigation, and risk reduction programming.

Her areas of expertise include Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation; Disaster Relief; Disaster Risk Reduction; Climate Change Adaptation; Civil Society Development; Government Relations; Monitoring and Evaluation; Program Development, Design, and Management.

Ms. Mantilla completed a Master Program in International Affairs at Columbia University, in New York, with a focus on economic development and humanitarian affairs.  She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Child Development and German Studies at Tufts University.