Demonstrating a commitment to Wildfire Management and the State of Colorado

“We are so pleased to announce that Lee DePalo, Dawn Zoldi, and Ben Miller are joining The Collective’s Advisory Board.” – Todd Spain, Executive Director

Wildfires have decimated communities across the west, including Colorado. The Collective is committed to helping the nation’s first responders and citizens mitigate, respond, and recover through an emphasis on disaster management & resiliency (DM&R). Its DM&R lines of effort range from wildfire prevention, suppression, and management, to replanting forests and assisting in flood mitigation and recovery. The organization’s related line of effort for healthcare seeks to enable the intermodal transfer of goods within and between hospital campuses as well as to move specialists to underserved areas. The Collective’s new advisory board members bring expertise in all of these areas.

Ben Miller, the Director of the Colorado Center of Excellence (COE) for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting within the State of Colorado Public Safety Department’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control, has been on the cutting-edge of incorporating advanced tech solutions in DM&R efforts for years.

Dawn Zoldi is a retired 28-year U.S. Air Force Colonel, licensed attorney, an international expert on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM), founder, and Chief Executive Officer of P3 Tech Consulting LLC, and was recently appointed as CEO and President of UAS Colorado.

Lee DePalo, a 26-year, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and helicopter pilot, recently served in the Senior Executive Service as the Regional Administrator for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region VIII where he oversaw and coordinated FEMA’s all-hazards preparedness and emergency management efforts within the region. He now serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Disaster Tech focused on DM&R.

“The current geographical and focus areas of both The Collective and these unparalleled industry experts matched up perfectly. We are honored to have them on board to help drive sustainable advanced mobility solutions to create a bright future for all. We are incredibly appreciative of their support.” - Todd Spain, Executive Director


About The Collective: The Collective is a nonprofit global community of business, technology, government, and research partners bringing new mobility services to life by acting as a catalyst for innovation and economic development for connected and autonomous vehicles in the air and on the ground. Consistent with its purpose, to grow and shape the Advanced Mobility Ecosystem, AMC frames real-world challenges and links companies, partners, services, Federal, State, and Local bodies to solve them collaboratively. Committed to these purposes, the Advisory Board adds their diverse perspectives to the mix to convert challenges into impactful solutions.


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