Who’s Behind Outsmart Disaster?

The Outsmart Disaster Campaign was designed by California’s Business Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) to communicate risks, provide resources, and call to action businesses and organizations with the goal of collectively becoming more prepared to reduce damages and speed up business recovery in California. With the help of BCSH’s campaign partner, The California Academy for Economic Development, the goal of the campaign is to assist interested participants in their endeavor to become resilient.


The Advisory Council

The Outsmart Disaster Advisory Council will maintain general oversight of the campaign through advice and direction and to otherwise assist in carrying out the campaign’s goals and objectives. Below is a list of the current members of the Advisory Council.

Named Council Member Title Organization
Secretary Lourdes Castro-Ramirez
Lynn von Koch-Liebert
Deputy Secretary of Housing and Consumer Relations (to participate on the Secretary’s behalf)
California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH)
Abby Browning Chief Office of Private Sector/NGO Coordination California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
Elizabeth Williamson Deputy Secretary, External Affairs California Natural Resources Agency
Isabel Guzman Director Office of Small Business Advocate (RSF Lead for Economic Recovery) California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO BIZ)
Michael Mohler Deputy Director, Communications California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal FIRE)
Tony Cignarale Deputy Commissioner Consumer Services & Market Conduct Branch California Department of Insurance
Stewart Knox Undersecretary California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Kristin Johnson Regional Director Northern CA SBDC California Director of Small Business Development Center
Darby Kernan Deputy Executive Director, Legislative Services California State Association of Counties
Jill Oviatt Director, Communications and Marketing (elected Vice-Chair) League of California Cities
Margaret Silveira Board Member and City Manager – City of Lakeport Regent of The California Academy for Economic Development