Houman Saberi

Program Manager, Resilient Communities Program

Houman Saberi is a program manager in the Resilient Communities program for RISE:NYC. In this role, he is helping to build resilient community wireless networks in Sandy-affected areas of the city in partnership with local businesses, civic organizations, and residents.

Before joining New America, Saberi was the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. As part of his fellowship, he worked with the Digital Stewards program at the Red Hook Initiative where he drafted a report detailing a community-centered approach to WiFi deployment in public housing and trained local residents on mapping their communities with open data and geographic information systems software.

Previously, Saberi developed project management skills as a manager on United States Agency for International Development funded projects based in Washington D.C., Egypt, and Indonesia. In Egypt, he managed a special fund for entrepreneurship, vocational skills training, and access to finance, while in Indonesia he was an operations manager for an anti-corruption project. Prior to this, he served as a community development agent in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco where he engaged in rural health education and infrastructure projects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University.

All Work

Resilient Communities in 2018

Resilient Communities Wins American Planning Association Smart City Award

Connecting Communities for Regional Resilience

A report on the discovery and pre-planning process for networked resilient communications infrastructure in the Silicon Valley region.

Announcing our New Report: "Connecting Communities for Regional Resilience: A Case Study of the Silicon Valley Region"

Reaffirming Our Principles

In the aftermath of natural or man-made disaster, the political, social, and economic calamities

New America’s Resilient Communities Program Announces Community Partners for RISE : NYC

New America’s Resilient Communities is thrilled to announce its partnership with six community anchor organizations.

Resilient Networks for RISE : NYC Takes Off

The Resilient Communities program and New York City Economic Development Corporation kicked off their “Resilient Networks” partnership.

Principles of the Resilient Communities Program

The Mission of New America's Resilient Communities goes beyond assisting in times of disaster or crisis.

Don't Panic - Organize!

New America’s Resilient Communities team led a workshop on community-led resilience planning.