Mike Spranger, Ph.D. is Professor and Community Development Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, in University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. He has 30+ years of experience working on extension projects at county, state, regional and national levels. His current interests are in the areas of community resiliency, public participation and civic engagement. He has a BA in Political Science, M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, and M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin and PhD in Urban and Public Affairs from Portland State University. In 2013, he was member of a state team that wrote a book Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards. In 2014, he was part of UF team that received the Excellence in Community Development Team Award for their work in post-disaster recovery in Live Oak, Florida. He lives in Gainesville Florida with his wife, and enjoys kayak fishing and playing the piano in his spare time.