Ashley Bennis

Planning Specialist

Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
NCR 2800, Unit 5840
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412
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Organization: Texas Sea Grant/Texas Target Communities

Ashley Bennis joined Texas Sea Grant in February 2018 as a planning specialist with the Community Resilience Collaborative, a partnership of Texas Sea Grant and the Texas Target Communities program in Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture. Her primary responsibility is to provide technical assistance to Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley coastal communities in land use planning and hazard mitigation. She earned her master’s degree in Urban Design and Planning with a specialty in Environmental Planning from the University of Washington in 2016. While there she worked as a Research Assistant with the Institute for Hazard Mitigation, Planning and Research, an interdisciplinary team focused on helping communities plan for hazard events. The purpose of her project was to improve visual representations of FEMA’s revised floodplain maps to help with their usefulness and effectiveness for residents in flood prone areas. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Bennis began volunteering with nonprofits in the city and became very involved in the community revitalization happening there through coordinated public outreach and education efforts. Her research interests are resilience planning, public risk interpretation, community engagement and coastal hazard planning.