Aren Koenig is a program specialist in U.S. Emergencies at Save the Children. She currently manages a resilience and capacity building project within the Midwest and supports emergency operations across the country. Aren began her career in emergency management eight years ago, by serving as a voluntary agency liaison at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. She then continued her career serving as the Director of Resiliency for Catholic Charities of Missouri and Kansas for several years. Continuously engaging community development practices learned throughout her education at the University of Missouri, Aren has authored and collaborated on several trainings and publications focused on individual and community resilience. She currently serves as chairperson of the Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization and as an advisor to the University of Missouri Department of Health Science.