Mark Dunning, Ph.D.


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Dr. Dunning has over 40 years of experience in water resources planning and management. During his 31 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Dr. Dunning’s responsibilities included the conduct of studies and analyses in support of Civil Works water resources project planning and evaluation, strategic planning, socioeconomic assessment, and meeting/workshop design and facilitation. As Chief of the USACE Institute for Water Resources (IWR) Program Analysis Division he provided analytic support for the development, defense, and execution of the Civil Works Program as well as in support of corporate strategic planning. He completed his career in USACE at Headquarters, Programs Division where he served as Chief of Civil Works Future Directions with responsibilities for strategic budget initiatives and implementation of the Civil Works strategic plan. Dr. Dunning also served as the USACE representative on the Interagency Executive Steering Committee that designed the American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) National Water Resources Policy Dialogues to solicit input and advice on how the Nation should address key water resources needs. Dunning also authored the reports presenting dialogue conclusions that were submitted to Congress and the Administration.

As a water resources planner with the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1970s, Dunning pioneered the use of facilitated workshops for flood risk management planning. Since that time, he has designed and facilitated scores of public meetings, workshops, task forces, and conferences on a wide range of water resources and other topics. Since retiring from USACE Dr. Dunning has continued to be active in water resources planning, management, and development, working as an employee/consultant for a number of firms. Notable projects in which Dr. Dunning has had significant participation include the 2015 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) report to Congress, work with the Corps of Engineers on development of coastal storm damage risk management assessment tools and social vulnerability mapping and assessment models. Dr. Dunning served as President of the AWRA National Capital Region in 2011-2012, and also served as President of the National AWRA in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA.