Mr. Hunter Merritt is a Social Scientist, Water Resources Planner and Public Involvement Specialist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District. Since 2009, he has focused on flood risk communication, public participation and engagement, and plan formulation for flood risk studies. He is the district’s deputy lead for Silver Jackets programs in California, Nevada and Utah. His primary goal is to increase public awareness of flood exposure through outreach and education, in collaboration with other Federal agencies and state, local, and tribal partners. He is a trainer for all levels of the district’s Leadership Development Program (LDP), and a graduate of the South Pacific Division Regional LDP Level III (2014), where he addressed enterprise-wide issues of Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer within USACE. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration at California State University Sacramento, where he teaches undergraduate courses in leadership and group development and a graduate course in recreation policy. He is currently an Associate Board member of the American River Natural History Association (ARNHA), which manages the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, California. Mr. Merritt received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and a Master of Science in Recreation Administration from California State University Sacramento.