ALN Newsletter 27 July 2021

In honor of the 1-year anniversary of our ALN Th@4 pm ET web program, we are having our first guest return on Thursday 5 August. Jack Kelly was with OMB for 36 years and is now on the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO 55000 as well as being on the ALN Board of Directors and a Senior Fellow.

This week’s ALN Th@4 pm ET on July 29 will feature a chat with Shelly Culbertson of the RAND Corporation. As always, see more in People and register at this link.


Shelly Culbertson is a Senior Policy Researcher for the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation, where her focus is on disaster recovery, post-conflict stabilization, innovation policy and more. She has published research on preparing for disaster recovery, which provides insight on how to plan for asset management in non-disaster times. Ms. Culbertson is the author of “The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East (St. Martins, 2016). She has contributed opinions and articles to U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, National Interest and others. One of her articles is linked in Sources below. She has a Master’s from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and many more accomplishments and accolades.


Disasters Provide Important Lessons

Shelly Culbertson published an article in National Interest earlier this year on lessons learned from different approaches to disaster recovery in Central America. In the article, Ms. Culbertson references the need for “government management capabilities, supply chain efficiencies, financial management, and workforce skills” – all asset management issues, that are best put in place before a disaster strikes. She also mentions alignment of development missions with natural risks, improving equity, and other factors that are in perfect alignment with a structured approach to asset management. See more at this link.


Insure Coral Reefs . . .

. . . and other natural assets. This item is a follow-up to last week’s Ideas piece, in which Jack Kelly called for asset management to assist insurance of condominiums. We then learned about how the Coastal Zone Management Trust was formed to insure a 100-mile stretch of the Mesoamerican Reef along north eastern coast of Mexico. Funded by the Quintana Roo government from taxes paid by hotels, the $220,000 policy through Afirme Segorus and Swiss Re, the policy allows for fast appropriation of funds when the coral reef is damaged by storms. This is considered pioneering insurance program for a natural asset, and is now being considered by Swiss Re for many natural asset ecosystems, including mangrove shores, wetlands and forests. We are going to learn if ISO 55000 can be of assistance to these programs. See more at this link.

Upcoming Events

National Property Managers Association’s National Education Seminar
Tuesday 27 July

At 10:45 Pacific, Jon Shelness, President of ALN Member Organization My Propery ID Registry will be speaking on Modernizing Mil Std 130, FAR 52.345-1(f)(1)(ii).

Mr. Shelness is also speaking at events for the California Crime Prevention Officers’ Association and the Florida Crime Prevention Association in the near future.


Thursdays at 4 pm EasternRegister Here

July 29 –

Shelly Culbertson, Senior Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation

August 5 –

Jack Kelly, Retired Policy Analyst formerly with US OMB