Dr. Tracie Sempier is the Coastal Resilience Lead for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. She works with local communities, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, port authorities, emergency and floodplain managers, residents, and K-12 audiences to try and decrease the negative impacts of coastal storms on families, communities, the environment, natural resources, and property. Tracie is also the VORTEX-SE Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she is creating a model for a regional extension program and synthesizing research findings from the VORTEX-SE program to inform application in local communities. Working closely with the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and other partners, she engages with other Sea Grant and Land Grant programs and utilizes existing networks to build connections with target audiences. Tracie has over twenty years of professional experience in education/outreach with various audiences in formal/informal learning environments. She is a recipient of the prestigious Gulf Guardian Award and the Spirit of Community Award for her work on resilience issues in the Gulf of Mexico.