Samuel J. Capasso, III

  • Professor


B.A., Alma College
J.D., Pace University School of Law
LL.M., Pace University School of Law

Sam Capasso is the Building Science and Safety Team Lead with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 2, Hazard Mitigation Division in New York City. He is a subject matter expert in FEMA benefit-cost analysis policy and has driven the incorporation of sea level rise, ecosystem services, and drought impacts in project evaluation. In his role, Sam manages the National Dam Safety Program and National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program for the Region, promotes disaster-resilient building codes, and leads the Region’s resiliency initiative. Throughout his work, Sam aims to bridge the gaps from stakeholder interests to policy and policy to practice.
Prior to his role as Building Science and Safety Team Lead, Sam led the technical review team for the $1.44 billion in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program projects at the New York Sandy Recovery Office and led a workgroup that developed $4.5 billion in climate-informed resiliency measures for Sandy-impacted facilities. His team was recognized with the 2015 Administrator’s Award for Creating Resilient Communities through Innovative Mitigation Solutions.
Sam holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Alma College, a J.D. with Certificates in Environmental and International Law, and LL.M. in Environmental Law with a concentration in Land Use Law and Sustainable Development from Pace University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section’s Executive Committee and was co-author and editor of the New York Environmental Enforcement Update 2013 and 2014 Annual Reports for the Section. He has served as Vice Chair of Special Committee on State Bar Coordination for the American Bar Association Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources.