March 2009


Molly J. O’Toole, P.E., CFM, D.WRE, M.ASCE is the president of Molly O’Toole & Associates, Ltd. and has been working in the fields of water resources engineering and multi-hazard mitigation for over 25 years.  She has extensive experience in water resources and watershed management, particularly in the development of regional stormwater management plans. FEMA has relied on her expertise as a consultant to FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) program and as a state participant to FEMA during the development of FEMA mitigation regulations. Therefore, she has significant experience with FEMA ’s hazard mitigation, floodplain management, and grant programs.

During her many years with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Water Resources, Ms. O'Toole chaired the Illinois Mitigation Advisory Group’s Acquisition and Relocation Committee. She managed Illinois’ stormwater management program, and managed the flood mitigation program, which was the first such statewide program in the country.

Ms. O'Toole has applied her expert knowledge as a private consultant to the development of countywide multi-hazard mitigation plans and projects in Illinois, and regional stormwater management programs in northeastern Illinois. She has served as a consultant to local, state and federal agencies on a variety of stormwater management projects and multi-hazard mitigation efforts, including the development of countywide plans and ordinances, the investigation of repetitive flood loss areas, and public information programs.

Ms. O'Toole received her B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, a Certified Floodplain Manager with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and is an AAWRE founding Diplomate since 2005.

Molly is the first Diplomate to be featured in an AAWRE Interview.  In this inaugural feature, Molly shares with AAWRE on her life and career path, education, time spent in Honduras, life as a consulting owner, her current projects and personal interests.