As Advocacy Manager with Public Lab, Gilbert will be engaged in implementing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) grant to expand empowerment to communities impacted by environmental injustices in New Orleans, LA, Gulfport, MS, Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL, through access to affordable environmental monitoring and analytical technologies. Gilbert also serves as Senior Consultant with MSF Global Solutions, LLC, a technology firm based in New Orleans, for which he recently presented on Pan-African Disaster Resilience at the African Association for Remote Sensing of Environment Conference in Kampala, Uganda.
Gilbert’s previous academic experience includes service as the 6th President of Tuskegee University, as Associate Vice President for Collaborative Research & Engagement at Purdue University, where he directed the Purdue Terrestrial Observatory, and as Director of the Urban Studies & Public Policy Institute at Dillard University, where he was appointed a Conrad Hilton Endowed Professor. Gilbert’s federal government experience includes assignments with the US EPA National Risk Management Research Lab’s Sustainable Technologies Division, Naval Oceanographic Office, NASA Stennis Space Center and USDA Forest Service. Gilbert recently completed his assignment as NATO country Project Director (NPD) for the Mediterranean Dialogue Earth Observatory, which is now based in Morocco to support early warning and mitigation of biogenic and anthropogenic disasters, including vector-borne epidemics.
Gilbert received the Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning from MIT, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Yale University and the B.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana.