Alyssa Newton Mann

Regional Research & Planning Specialist

Ms. Newton Mann is the Regional Research and Planning Specialist with the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, where she focuses on planning for climate change impacts and building disaster resilience. She is a contributing author for the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study for the City of Los Angeles. Her background is in emergency management and international affairs, having worked at multiple federal and state government agencies. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she helped develop joint resilience and preparedness programs with international partners, and studied international lessons learned in disaster preparedness and response for domestic applicability. At the U.S. Department of State, she worked on foreign policy issues and partnerships with international organizations. She also worked for the State of California in emergency management and homeland security. She received her Master of Public Administration from USC and B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. She also received the Presidential Management Fellowship (2010), USC-CREATE Homeland Security Fellowship (2008), and the California Executive Fellowship (2006).


The University of Southern California, one of the largest private universities in the United States, has participated in the National Sea Grant College Program for over 30 years and has more than a 100-year history of marine science research in Southern California. USC's facilities, research, and curricula make it the principal university in the Los Angeles region for ocean studies, and it has demonstrated excellence in marine research and education from the beginning of the 20th Century.