ASBPA Rising Star Award Winner Frannie Bui

A sit down with this year's Rising Star award winner!

Frannie Bui is a resiliency expert with more than a decade of experience. Her work includes coastal flood hazard studies, hazard mitigation planning and practices, and water resources planning efforts. “I’m passionate about working with communities and agencies that are taking strides towards becoming more resilient,” she says. Frannie works regularly with agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers to address vulnerabilities and put boots on the ground to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy, working from the FEMA field office and developing technical guidance to help target critical federal assistance in the days following the storm.

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.