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Center for Biosecurity

Canadian Policy Research Network

Center for Science Technology and Security Policy at AAAS

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terror

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Home > Events > Disease, Disaster, and Democracy, 2006 > Conference Speakers > Diane Lapson


Diane Lapson

Professional Biography
Ms. Lapson lives 3½ blocks from the World Trade Center site, in Tribeca, New York City. She is President of the Independence Plaza North Tenant Association (IPNTA).  IPNTA is a large housing complex with more than 3,500 people of all ages and denominations. Ms. Lapson is very active in the Lower Manhattan community.  She serves as secretary for the World Trade Center Residents Coalition, she co-founded the very reputable 9/11 Environmental Action Group, she participated in the rebuilding process downtown, and she is involved in helping to preserve affordable housing in New York City.

Although Ms. Lapson took the lead in organizing and advocating for the care of thousands of people on September 11, 2001, and for the 10 critical days that followed, until recently she had no training in emergency response. On April 11, 2005, Ms. Lapson was one of the first to complete Tribeca’s Citizens Emergency Response Team training. (CERT teams are trained by Citizens Corps, coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security.)

Ms. Lapson has been employed in the music publishing and entertainment business for 31 years.