Community Resilience Collaborative

The Community Resilience Collaborative (CRC) is a research- and extension-based coastal planning program that combines the reach and resources of two Texas A&M University (TAMU) programs: the Texas Sea Grant College Program and Texas Target Communities (TTC).  

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The CRC provides technical assistance for planning, outreach and education aimed at coastal communities, particularly resource managers, land use planners and emergency managers who deal with hazard mitigation. Planning is emphasized to address critical land use, environmental, hazard mitigation and disaster recovery issues through coastal planning. Priority is placed on providing planning assistance to low-capacity, low-resource and/or underrepresented communities. The CRC also funds small grants for community resilience research and facilitates service-learning opportunities for faculty and students in TAMU’s College of Architecture, College of Geosciences, School of Public Health, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, Bush School of Government and Public Service, and School of Law and College of Liberal Arts, and at Texas A&M University at Galveston. 


Goals of the program

  1. Communities adopt high-quality plans to achieve locally defined visions of sustainable development.
  2. Communities increase resilience to natural and technological hazards.
  3. Habitat, ecosystems and the services they provide are monitored, enhanced and/or restored.
  4. Local and scientific knowledge is leveraged in planning and other decision-making processes.

The CRC is headquartered at TAMU in College Station and has a team of extension-based coastal planners in the field. The coastal planners work in three regions of the Texas coast: the Upper Coast, Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley.

In addition to the counties bordering the Gulf of Mexico or bays, the planners work with communities in the next two counties inland due to the wide-reaching impacts of inland development patterns and land use planning practices on coastal communities. CRC coastal planners provide planning technical assistance, outreach and professional development education. They also act as a bridge between university researchers and local communities, transferring the best available science and data to communities and transferring back information about community needs to university researchers.


What We Do


  • Facilitate and lead project management of planning processes including comprehensive planning, hazard mitigation planning and environmental planning.

  • Facilitate community and stakeholder engagement in planning processes.

  • Provide technical assistance and transfers and translates planning data and tools to support decision making.

  • Educate and train community elected and appointed officials and staff on planning resources, tools and best practices.

  • Conduct applied research on social vulnerability, coastal planning, risk perception, hazard mitigation, ecosystem services and the economic impacts of coastal hazards.

  • Facilitate multi-jurisdictional watershed planning to protect water quality and quantity and to mitigate stormwater runoff.

  • Support research and fills information gaps in the current understanding of ecosystem management best practices.

  • Provide service/transformational learning opportunities for university students – the next generation of coastal stakeholders and leaders. 

CRC Team Members

Jaimie Masterson, Co-Director, Associate Director at Texas Target Communities

Jeewasmi Thapa, Program Coordinator, Texas Target Communities

Kate de Gennaro, Planning Specialist, Rio Grande Valley, Texas Sea Grant

Ashley Bennis, Planning Specialist, Coastal Bend, Texas Sea Grant


CRC Sponsors

The Community Resilience Collaborative is grateful to the following sponsors who actively support CRC and its activities:

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Cindy Lyle

For More Information:

Cynthia Lyle

Senior Associate Director and Extension Leader

(979) 845-3855

Jaimie Masterson

For More Information:

Jaimie Masterson

Associate Director, Texas Target Communities

Associate Director of Outreach, Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center

(979) 458-1295