Allison Haertling

Planning Associate

Allison Haertling, a Planning Associate with The Water Institute of the Gulf, specializes in environmental and hazard mitigation. Haertling received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans specializing in environmental and hazard mitigation including a graduate certificate in Disaster Management and Community Resilience. Her work includes researching climate migration, coastal/climate gentrification, adaptation planning, and socieoeconomic impacts of recreational development in the lower bayou communities of Terrebonne Parish, La.

Prior to joining the Water Institute, Haertling was a research associate at the University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology where she provided technical assistance to the Office of Community Development and local and regional watershed management partners as part of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative. In addition, Haertling did policy and planning research on the National Flood Insurance Program, the Community Rating System, flood mitigation strategies and associated socioeconomic impacts. Prior to her work at the University of New Orleans, Haertling was a graduate assistant with the Coastal Science Assistantship Program at the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). At CPRA, Haertling worked on identifying critical and essential facilities in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion Parishes as part of the Southwest Coastal Nonstructural Project’s commercial structures database.

Haertling is a member of the Urban Land Institute, co-founder and board member of the Urban Land Institute Louisiana Diversity Committee, serves on the planning committee for the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Diversity Initiative Program, and is a member of the American Planning Association.