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2015 Rising Seas Summit Speaker Bios

Nathaly Agosto Filion – Resiliency Manager, Sustainable Jersey Resiliency Program, Sustainable Jersey
Nathaly Agosto Filión serves as a Resiliency Manager with the Sustainable Jersey Resiliency Program. In this role, she assists Sandy-affected communities by connecting municipal leaders with long-term recovery and resiliency planning resources, and technical assistance. She also supports Sustainable Jersey’s Climate Adaptation Task Force in the development of guidance materials for local decision-makers. Previously, Nathaly served as Program Officer with the Institute for Sustainable Communities developing, designing and delivering national and regional capacity-building programs for municipal climate and sustainability practitioners. Nathaly has also worked as a local climate action planning consultant, community organizer and environmental educator.
Amir AghaKouchak – Assistant Professor, University of California-Irvine
Amir AghaKouchak is an Assistant Professor of Civil l and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research crosses the boundaries between hydrology, climatology, remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues. His long-term research objective is to utilize continuously growing satellite data along with ground-based observations to develop/improve integrated drought, flood and landslide modeling, prediction and decision support systems. Dr. AghaKouchak is the principal investigator of several research grants funded by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Frank Ayotte – Senior Associate, Hazen and Sawyer
Frank. Ayotte is a consultant with the engineering firm of Hazen and Sawyer. He holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and has over 27 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of combined sewer overflow facilities, wastewater treatment facilities and collection systems. He is also Hazen and Sawyer’s Northeast region CSO/Wet Weather technology Leader and Boston Operations Manager.
Amanda Babson – Coastal Climate Adaptation Coordinator, National Park Service
Amanda Babson is the Coastal Climate Adaptation Coordinator for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service. Amanda leads science and resource management efforts related to climate change adaptation for coastal national parks in the Northeast Region and throughout the nation. She previously worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency where she conducted climate change vulnerability assessments as part of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program. She received her Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington.
Tom Bateman – Professor, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
Thomas S. Bateman is Bank of America Eminent Scholar at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Tom’s research is widely cited and new projects are ongoing. Current and recently-published papers address topics including leadership and problem-solving, proactive behavior, crossing boundaries in scientific research, long-term thinking and goal pursuit, and leadership and action in the domain of climate change. Tom coauthors Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World, a college textbook now in its eleventh edition (McGraw-Hill) and published in several languages. He teaches practicing managers on an ongoing basis, is director of a new multidisciplinary leadership minor at the University of Virginia, and is Honorary Professor at the University of St. Andrews.
Jainey Bavishi – Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Jainey K. Bavishi is the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she leads the implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President's Climate Action Plan. Most recently, Jainey served as the Executive Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was responsible for initiating, expanding and managing the start-up public-private partnership, which focused on disaster risk reduction and resilience. Previously, Jainey served as the Director of External Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Jainey was also the founding director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, a coalition of community-based leaders in the Gulf Coast region focused on hurricane recovery.
Nathalie Beauvais – Climate Change Lead, Kleinfelder
Ms. Beauvais is a senior member of Kleinfelder’s sustainability practice where she currently manages the team of scientists, academics and sustainability experts conducting the City of Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan, the Massport Resiliency Planning Study and the Washington DC Adaptation Plan. An author and speaker on comprehensive planning, sustainable planning and climate change, Ms. Beauvais presented at conferences nationally and internationally on urban ecology and infrastructure projects. She taught on Climate Change at Northeastern University in the Master Program in Design for Environmental Planning and at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Rebecca Beavers – Coastal Geology & Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change Coordinator, National Park Service
Rebecca coordinates coastal adaptation efforts underway at the park level and with Department of Interior initiatives, including the DOI All Hazards Resource Advisor Training program to prepare natural and cultural resource specialists for incident response. Since 2000, Beavers has served as coastal geology and coastal adaptation coordinator for the National Park Service, where she is the point of contact for sea level change, coastal adaptation to climate change, and coastal geomorphology related issues. Rebecca worked as a geologist and oceanographer in a variety of upland and submerged coastal areas with the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
William Becker – Vice President, Hazen and Sawyer
William Becker is the Corporate Drinking Water Practice Leader at Hazen and Sawyer Engineers and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches water and water reuse courses. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clarkson University. Bill has more than 25 years’ experience in the water utility and consulting fields and has worked to help solve water supply and water quality issues for utilities throughout the U.S.
Daniel Berkovits – Managing Director of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program and Assistant General Counsel, NY Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
Dan Berkovits is the Managing Director of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program and an Assistant General Counsel in the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR). The NYRCR Program is an innovative effort to promote resiliency in New York’s communities that began with an intensive, participatory planning phase in 61 areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and/or Tropical Storm Lee. Each NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan inventoried storm damage; identified community assets; assessed the future risk to those assets, incorporating predictions of sea-level rise; and proposed strategies and projects to promote long-term recovery and resiliency. The NYRCR Program is now working to implement $625 million of recovery and resiliency project proposed in these plans through partnerships with local governments, non-profits, and state agencies.
Brian Bidolli – Executive Director, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
Brian Bidolli is the Executive Director of the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council (GBRC). He has supported numerous quality of life initiatives in the San Diego and Greater Bridgeport regions with a focus on integrating environmental mitigation strategies into land use and transportation plans. Most recently he has been working with SAP Urban Matters in Berlin, Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow focused on international smart city development.
Jim Blackburn – Co-Director, SSPEED* Center, Rice University
Jim Blackburn has been a practicing environmental lawyer and planner since 1973. He is a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, where he teaches courses in sustainable design and environmental law and is the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Blackburn is the Co-Director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice. He is also a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute and is the owner of a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design. Blackburn authored The Book of Texas Bays published in 2004 by Texas A&M Press and is writing a new book on the Texas coast scheduled for publication by Texas A&M Press in 2016.
Austin Blackmon – Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston
Austin Blackmon is the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS), where he leads the Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Inspectional Services departments. Prior to joining the Walsh Administration in 2014, Chief Blackmon was Interim Head of Project Finance for Terraverde Renewable Partners. His other previous experience includes consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategy and Operations group, Energy Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, business development at C12 Energy and advising the U.S. Renewables Group.
Gina Blus – Business Strategy and Planning Consultant, Climate Ready Solutions
Gina Blus is the Principal of Climate Ready Solutions LLC. After years in corporate law, Gina moved to high-tech, where she developed skills in strategic planning, marketing, program management and process improvement. She left Silicon Valley to address sustainability and climate change as a consultant and community energy manager.After 10 years of promoting sustainable business practices and greenhouse gas reductions through programs and education, Gina now helps businesses recognize and manage the impact of climate change on their strategy and operations. Using SixSigma and other tools, she enables leaders to see how their individual and organizational strengths and vulnerabilities map to the evolving climate.Gina's A.B. in Government is from Dartmouth College and her J.D. is from Duke University.
John Bolduc – Environmental Planner, Community Development Department, City of Cambridge
John Bolduc has been an environmental planner in the Cambridge Community Development Department since 1997. His duties focus on developing local climate protection strategies and policies to both reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change impacts. John has been involved in developing Cambridge's green building policies, including LEED requirements for private and municipal buildings, adoption of the Stretch Energy Code, supporting the City's climate advisory committee, and managing the climate change vulnerability assessment. Currently he is also managing the implementation of Cambridge's recently adopted Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance.
Keren Bolter – Science Director, Coastal Risk Consulting
Dr. Keren Bolter has been a research coordinator for the FAU Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and a policy analyst for the Southeast Florida Regional Council. Keren uses GIS to assess sea-level rise risk, modeling LiDAR, storm surge, and water table data to address physical, socioeconomic, and health impacts. Dr. Bolter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and a PhD in Geosciences from FAU. For the Southeast Florida Regional Planning Council, Keren helped create a Guide for Adaptation Action Areas, in order to provide resources on planning tools to protect areas that experience coastal flooding due to extreme high tides and storm surges.
Allison Brooks – Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Collaborative
Allison Brooks is Executive Director of Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC), helping to coordinate regional planning efforts of the Bay Area’s four regional agencies with a primary focus on advancing climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The agencies include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Prior to joining the BARC, Allison led the national organization Reconnecting America (RA) focused on growing the field of practice and the enabling policy environment for equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) across the United States.
Jay Bruns, III – Environment Champion, Corporate Responsibility, The Hartford
Jay Bruns is Environment Champion at The Hartford. With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. The company is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. Mr. Bruns guides the company’s environmental stewardship efforts, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and paper use, offering green insurance products, and engaging the federal and state governments as well as the company’s employees. The Hartford has reduced its GHG emissions by more than 50% since 2007 and its paper use by 80% since 2009. The Hartford has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2012, the Carbon Disclosure Project Leadership Index since 2008, and EPA’s Green Power Partnership since 2012. The company received a U.S. EPA Climate Leadership Award in 2014 and again in 2015. Prior to joining The Hartford, Mr. Bruns served 25 years as a career American diplomat, rising to the Senior Foreign Service. His postings included acting ambassador to Norway during 9/11, U.S. Special Negotiator for Conflict Diamonds, and in the White House as Director for International Economic Affairs in the National Security Council.
Sarah Brylinsky – Sustainability Manager, MIT
Sarah Brylinsky is the Sustainability Manager for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she oversees climate and energy strategy and development of living laboratory sustainability education. Sarah has worked on creating collaborative campus-community partnerships around sustainability for nearly a decade, providing workshops and lectures on climate leadership nationwide. Prior to MIT she served as Director of Climate Resilience & Educational Programs for Second Nature, and provided national support to signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. An author of the Pennsylvania Adaptation Plan, Sarah currently serves as Co-Chair of the Cambridge Compact Climate Resiliency Working Group and serves on the Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee.
Phillip Bush – Principal, HR&A Advisors
Phillip Bush is a principal at HR&A Advisors focusing on resilience, affordable housing and economic development. In these areas he engages with public and private stakeholders on strategic planning, program design and implementation. He is currently working with state and local governments across the country participating in the National Disaster Resilience Competition to propose resilient projects and programs. Prior to joining HR&A Advisors Mr. Bush was a director at Enterprise Community Partners where his responsibilities include providing expert technical support to design and implement programs focused on single-family development, multi-family financing, disaster recovery, neighborhood stabilization and general compliance with HUD CPD programs (CDBG, HOME, NSP, CDBG-DR).
Paul Butler – Principal Engineer and Director, Global Green and Sustainable Remediation Practice, AECOM
Dr. Paul Butler has over 37 years of experience as an Environmental Engineer and Program Manager supporting the petrochemicals and petroleum industries. Most recently, his responsibilities have included regulatory strategy development; remediation program management; remedial action selection; and sustainable remediation. Dr. Butler is a former board member and treasurer of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), a professional organization dedicated to bringing sustainability considerations into all phases of site remediation.
Gregg Cademartori – Planning Director, City of Gloucester
Gregg Cademartori has been the Planning Director for the City of Gloucester since 2005. Gregg has works on varied municipal activities ranging from the development of land use policy and regulation, to open space and harbor planning , to renewable energy development. Prior to working for the City, Gregg worked in environmental consulting for federal, municipal and private clients.
Dennis Carlberg – Sustainability Director, Boston University
Dennis Carlberg is the Sustainability Director at Boston University and is focused on mitigating BU’s greenhouse gas emissions while preparing the campus for the impacts of climate change. Dennis is an architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with over 25 years of architectural experience. Prior to joining BU in 2009, Dennis was a principal at Arrowstreet, a Boston-based architectural firm where he focused on sustainable design. Dennis co-chairs the Urban Land Institute Climate Resilience Committee, which released the Urban Implications of Living with Water report in 2014 and Developing Resilience in 2015, which explored positive solutions to sea level, rise in Boston and developed the concept of canals in Boston’s Back Bay. Dennis is active in several sustainability organizations including the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Advisory Committee, among others. At Boston University, Dennis collaborates with campus stakeholders to develop and implement a broad-based sustainability strategy to integrate sustainability into the culture and operational functions of the University. This program addresses 18 issue areas from climate and energy to waste reduction and community engagement.
Paul Carroll – Coastal Project Engineer, AECOM
Paul has been practicing coastal engineering for eleven years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University as well as certificates in Wind Energy and Project Management. Mr. Carroll has project experience in marine construction, wave modeling, wave load analysis, and coastal flood hazard analysis. Mr. Carroll is professionally licensed in the both North Carolina and South Carolina.
Yvonne Castillo – Senior Director, Business & Practice Policy, American Institute for Architects
Yvonne Castillo is a public policy lawyer of 20 years with specialized knowledge in the legislative and legal aspects of the procurement and delivery processes for public works. After extensive international and national research of public private partnership best practices, Ms. Castillo initiated and directed the development of a unique legislative resource guide for policymakers around the world who are interested in establishing a policy framework for utilizing alternative private financing models for large public infrastructure projects, including those solutions that can help address climate change and improve resiliency in global communities.
Rachel Cleetus – Lead Economist and Climate Policy Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists
Rachel Cleetus is the lead economist and climate policy manager with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She designs and advocates for effective climate and clean energy policies at the federal, regional, state, and international levels. She also does research on the impacts and costs of climate change, including sea level rise and wildfires. She is also a power sector expert, and is engaged in research and analysis related to the Clean Power Plan.
John Cleveland – Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
John is President and a co-founder of the Innovation Network for Communities (INC), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. INC works in three primary sectors: urban sustainability; high performing urban K-12 school; and adult workforce development. John also serves on a part time basis as the Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a group of 34 business and civic leaders supporting the implementation of the City of Boston Climate Action Plan. Prior to founding the Innovation Network for Communities, John served as Vice President of IRN, Inc., a market intelligence firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan that provided strategic planning, market research, automotive forecasting and merger and acquisition due diligence to mid-sized manufacturing companies. Prior to joining IRN, John worked as a private consultant; as director of Continuous Improvement for  Grand Rapids Community College; and as director of the State of Michigan's industrial extension service.
Wayne Cobleigh – Vice President, Client Services, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Wayne Cobleigh, CPSM is Vice President of Client Services with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., in Norwood, Massachusetts. He advises GZA’s public and private clients on matters involving: real estate, infrastructure, energy, water resources, environmental protection, brownfield redevelopment, high performance buildings, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability and resiliency from conceptual planning through construction. His business focus areas include sustainable development, critical infrastructure protection, coastal resiliency, natural disaster planning and flood hazard assessment. In 2013 and 2014 he coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, regulators, financial lenders, trade association leaders, risk managers and insurance professionals sharing a common interest in solving the problem of escalating NFIP premiums and property casualty insurance premiums with an innovative financing model for the design, renovation and construction of resilient buildings and infrastructure.
Blaine Collison – Director of Network Services, Altenex, LLC
Blaine Collison directs strategic partnership efforts for Altenex, a provider of utility-scale renewable energy supply for large commercial, institutional and industrial customers.  Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Mr. Collison directed the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership for a decade.  Mr. Collison’s additional EPA experience includes managing energy efficiency efforts in residential new construction, consumer product labeling, and commercial and institutional building management. Mr. Collison lead EPA’s initial engagement of institutional investors as drivers of corporate climate change performance. Prior to joining EPA, Mr. Collison was the Associate Director of the Sustainable Buildings Industries Council, and worked for Congressman Mel Levine (CA) on Capitol Hill.
Robert Corell – Principal, Global Environment & Technology Foundation
Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal at the Global Environment Technology Foundation, Professor at both the University of the Arctic’s new Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry and the University of Tromso, and Head of the U.S. Office for the Global Energy Assessment. In 2010, Dr. Corell founded the non-profit Global Science Associates, an interdisciplinary nucleus for the world’s best science experts and collaboratories. In 1996, he was awarded the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit by the President of Braziln 2 and in 2003, a Mountain region in Antarctic was named the "Corell Cirque" in his honor. Further, he was recognized with the other scientists for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the IPCC assessments. In 2010, Dr. Corell was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine by tNorwegian School of Veterinarian Science.
He was Vice President for Programs and Policy at the Heinz Center from 2006 to 2009 and recently, he completed an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Corell is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society. He Chaired the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and Lead the global change programs for the Federal government.
Michael Craghan – Program Manager, Climate Ready Estuaries, U.S. EPA
Michael Craghan is the lead for the Climate Ready Estuaries program in EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. He has been working in science, education, and public policy regarding the environment and hazards for more than twenty years, and has special interests in human-environmental interaction and coastal systems. Dr. Craghan has taught in both the Geography and the Marine Sciences Departments at Rutgers University, and for the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at City College of New York. He worked on climate change projects for the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change at the National Academy of Sciences. He also worked for the National Flood Insurance Program as an engineer in FEMA's Mitigation Division, and responded to emergencies and disasters, including floods in West Virginia as well as Hurricanes Isabel and Katrina.
Teresa Crean – Coastal Community Planner, RI Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center
Teresa Crean, AICP, is a Coastal Community Planner at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s Coastal Resources Center & RI Sea Grant (URI GSO/CRC/RISG). Teresa facilitates municipal-scale projects that address coastal adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. This work involves evaluating spatial data to identify challenges and opportunities with municipal stakeholders, while collaboratively considering policies and projects that may increase coastal resiliency. Prior to joining URI GSO/CRC/RISG, Teresa worked for non-profit regional planning commissions and in the private sector for planning/design firms.
Michael Crowley – Senior Program Officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Michael Crowley is a Senior Program Officer for the US Program. He helps build the capacity of local practitioners in climate adaptation, transportation, energy efficiency, and sustainability leadership through peer-learning workshops and targeted on-the-ground technical assistance. Previously, he was the Sustainability Program Manager at Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), an environmental consulting firm in Needham, MA. In that role, he helped clients develop robust institutional sustainability programs, and provided technical support ranging from change management to climate action planning and green building programming. Prior to his position at EH&E, Crowley was the Assistant Director of the Harvard University Green Campus Initiative (now the Office for Sustainability), where he established a green building program, managed a $12 million revolving loan fund for energy conservation projects, and led the strategic planning effort to develop a greenhouse gas reduction commitment for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
LuAnn Dahlman – Communication and Education Specialist, NOAA
LuAnn Dahlman works as a writer and editor in NOAA’s Climate Program Office; she is a contractor through CollabraLink Technologies, Inc. Ms. Dahlman serves as Managing Editor of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and Team Lead for the Maps & Data section of Climate.gov. She studied geology and education at Arizona State University. Through her career, she has taught high school science, established teacher professional development programs, developed technology-based learning activities to complement textbooks, and managed programs to promote the use of Earth Science data and tools for learning. Ms. Dahlman also received a U.S. Patent on a teaching tool and wrote a book of learning activities featuring climate research in Antarctica.
Josh DeFlorio – Practice Lead, Transportation Risk and Resilience, Cambridge Systematics
Josh DeFlorio leads the Transportation Risk and Resilience Practice at Cambridge Systematics (CS). He is the Principal Investigator for the FHWA tri-State (New Jersey-New York-Connecticut) transportation vulnerability and adaptation assessment, a key agency initiative to address climate change resilience in the Northeast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. He recently managed resilience assessments for the New Jersey DOT, the Capital Area MPO/City of Austin, Hillsborough County MPO (Tampa, Florida), and Arizona DOT. Internationally, he led an eight-nation Technical Cooperation focused on building capacity to address climate change in the transport sector in Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining CS, Mr. DeFlorio worked for the City of New York.
Sara Denka – Staff Scientist, Coastal Risk Consulting
Sara Denka specializes in geospatial modeling of coastal impacts related to sea level rise. Sara has a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami. She recently acted as Project Manager for The City of Santa Barbara Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, using GIS to predict the effects of coastal hazards related to sea level rise in Santa Barbara, CA. Sara uses her background in marine processes to better understand the impacts of development and climate change at the land-sea interface.
Brenda Dix – Climate Change Adaptation Senior Associate, ICF International
Brenda Dix is a Senior Associate at ICF International, where she works on climate change risk and resilience. She works with communities and the government to develop robust and actionable climate change adaptation plans for places like the City of Philadelphia, and for federal agencies such as the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the General Services Administration. These plans are always developed with extensive outreach (either internal or external). Brenda also focuses on adaptation planning for transportation agencies including identifying climate sensitive decisions, conducting benefit-cost analyses to develop a financial case for adaptation, and developing innovative methods for integrating climate change into planning, engineering design, and operations.
Chris Dorney – Senior Planner, WSP
Christopher Dorney is a senior resiliency planner who has been engaged in extreme weather and climate change adaptation planning for over six years; primarily in the transportation sector. Over this time, Mr. Dorney has been involved in a number of adaptation projects including network-wide vulnerability assessments and adaptation analyses for individual facilities. Specific projects involved work for NCHRP, USDOT, FHWA, the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Alaska Department of Transportation, and the Broward MPO in South Florida. He has also worked with the New York State Department of Environmental Protection on an economic analysis of breakwater design options for Great Kills Harbor on Staten Island, New York that considered sea level rise.
Jane Downing – Chief, Drinking Water Branch, Region 1, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jane Downing is responsible for managing the federal drinking water program in New England, with emphasis on implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act programs, including the Public Water Supply Supervision Program, the Source Water Protection Program and Drinking Water Security Programs. Also responsible for policy making on matters affecting drinking water in New England. Special assignment included member of the National Water Protection Task Force, dealing with national, regional, and local security issues facing the water industry.
Holly Elwell – Program Manager, Climate-Smart Cities, Trust for Public Land
Holly Elwell, AICP, is the Program Manager for The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities strategy, partnering with municipalities, academic institutions, federal entities, and others to increase communities’ resilience to climate impacts through the strategic location and design of parks, open space, and other types of green infrastructure. Holly has extensive experience working with communities on climate change adaptation planning and risk management.
John Englander – Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
John Englander, oceanographer and leading expert on sea level rise, consults for business and government to understand the financial risks of long-term catastrophic sea level rise and the need for "intelligent adaptation". He brings the diverse points of view of a scientist, entrepreneur and non-profit CEO, for such organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers. Englander is the lead for a new non-profit organization, the International Sea Level Institute. His bestselling book, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, clearly explains the science, the impending devastating economic impacts and the opportunity to design for a more resilient future. Mr. Englander is a sought-after speaker for keynotes and media and recently testified to Congress.
Ira Feldman – President & Senior Counsel, Greentrack Strategies
Ira Feldman is a US-based sustainability leader with an interdisciplinary skill set and a global reach. He has over 25 years experience as an attorney and management consultant focusing on environmental regulatory innovation, strategic environmental management, sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility. Ira is now at the leading edge of the convergence of sustainability, climate adaptation and ecosystem services. Ira is the climate adaptation lead for the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) and represents GHGMI in ISO TC207 SC7. He chairs the SC7 Adaptation Task Force (ATF), which is currently developing a roadmap for ISO climate adaptation standards. Ira’s leadership and work In the climate adaptation community of practice also includes developing and delivering the graduate-level climate adaptation course at the University of Pennsylvania, numerous publications, serving on the Adaptation Working Group of the State of Maryland’s Climate Commission, and advising on adaptation planning processes in Florida and Alaska.
Zach Ferdaña – Lead Coastal Resilience Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Zach Ferdaña is the Lead Coastal Resilience Manager (http://coastalresilience.org) of The Nature Conservancy. He supports U.S. and international projects in ecosystem-based management, climate adaptation, and marine spatial planning. He manages the design and implementation of online decision support tools (http://maps.coastalresilience.org) to promote the role of coastal habitats in hazard mitigation, restoration and resilience planning. As part of the Conservancy’s Global Marine Initiative Zach provides planning, spatial analysis, project management and geodesign expertise to the organizations’ Climate Risk and Resilience strategy.
Juliette Finzi Hart – Marine & Climate Science Specialist, University of Southern California Sea Grant
Dr. Juliette Finzi Hart is the Marine & Climate Science Specialist at USC Sea Grant and a Research Assistant Professor at USC in the Marine Environmental Biology program. Her work focuses on climate change - from the perspective of both the natural and the built environment - and translating complex scientific information to make it accessible and usable by varied ocean stakeholders and advocates. She is also the Founder of Thalassa Research & Consulting, which provides marine and climate services to private sector enterprises, and ThalassaVR, which explores how innovative forms of technology, such as virtual reality and gamification, can be utilized to encourage behavior change and inspire climate action.
Joan Fitzgerald – Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Joan Fitzgerald is a professor of urban and public policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (2010: Oxford Univ. Press), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. In 2012 she published a three-volume anthology, Cities and Sustainability (Routledge). She is currently working on her next book, Greenovation, which examines how cities in Europe and North America create economic and planning innovation in climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience. In addition, she is examining effective city practices in green infrastructure for stormwater management. In addition, Fitzgerald has published in academic journals such as Environment and Planning, Economic Development Quarterly, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Urban Affairs and the political journal, The American Prospect. Her academic and consulting work has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller, Surdna, Century, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network. She has also conducted research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Boston Housing Authority and other government agencies.
Victor Flatt – Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law; Director, Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources, UNC School of Law
Victor B. Flatt is the Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Director of the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources (CLEAR) at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He also is Co-Director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center. Professor Flatt is an expert on environmental enforcement in the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, and also in climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. He has published numerous articles in such journals as the Northwestern Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, Washington Law Review, and Ecology Law Quarterly. Professor Flatt also holds appointment as a Distinguished Scholar at the Global Energy Management Institute (Houston).
Rebecca French – Director of Community Engagement, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, Connecticut Institute for Climate Resilience and Adaptation
Rebecca is the Director of Community Engagement for the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). Rebecca works with community leaders in vulnerable municipalities, state policy makers, and local and regional organizations to solicit their input into the work of the Institute and to ensure the dissemination of information developed by the CIRCA faculty and staff. Previously, Rebecca was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the US EPA and served as an AGU Congressional Science Fellow in the Office of Senator Sanders (I-VT).
Grover Fugate – Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
Grover Fugate is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). In his role of nearly 29 years, he has been responsible for overseeing the development of all policies and programs for the state’s coastal program. He is currently the project manager the Council’s new Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) which is a forward looking plan at how climate change is impacting Rhode Islands shoreline and developing appropriate responses to this threat and protecting the state’s coastal infrastructure. In addition to his duties as Executive Director, he also serves as the state Co-Lead to the Ocean Planning initiative for the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and also the state Co-Lead for the Regional Planning Body established under President Obama’s Executive Order on the National Ocean Policy. He has authored various academic journal articles on coastal and natural resources management issues. Mr. Fugate is also adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island in the Marine Affairs program and a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University Law School on Coastal and Marine Law.
Nancy Gassman – Assistant Public Works Director, Sustainability Division, City of Fort Lauderdale
Dr. Nancy J. Gassman has been in public service for more than 20 years working on integrated water resources planning, environmental monitoring including construction of a LEED-certified environmental chemistry laboratory and the development and implementation of Broward County’s Climate Change Action Plan. While managing Broward’s Energy and Sustainability Program, she was a major contributor to developing a regional vulnerability assessment and a sea level rise projection for the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. Since 2014, as the Assistant Public Works Director for Sustainability in the City of Fort Lauderdale, she is coordinating training and implementing sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies within government operations and throughout the City.
Nancy Girard – Former Commissioner, Boston Department of the Environment
Nancy Girard is former Commissioner of the Boston Department of the Environment.  She brings over 20 years of experience in environmental, energy, municipal and land planning law. Prior to establishing her own practice, Girard was the Director, Vice President and Senior Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire Advocacy Center. She also has experience in the public sector working for the State of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Bill Golden – Director, National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure
Bill Golden is an attorney and politician, representing the Norfolk and Plymouth district in the Massachusetts Senate from 1985–1991. He graduated from Yale University and earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston University. Mr. Golden was also awarded an MPA from Harvard University. He is the recipient of various honors including a Silver Medal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the David B. Stone Award which he shares with fellow recipients, including Walter Cronkite, Jacques Cousteau and Senator John Kerry. Mr. Golden has over 30 years experience as a federal official, a member of federal and state advisory commissions, an officer of various non-governmental organizations, a city solicitor and a state legislator.
Jeff Goodell – Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Jeff Goodell is working on a book about the impact of sea level rise on cities around the world. He is currently a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. Goodell’s previous books include Sunnyvale, a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future. He is a 2016 Fellow at New America Foundation.
Mark Goodson – Director, Resiliency Solutions, Capital Services, CB&I
Mark Goodson’s career spans over ten years, and has been primarily focused on urban planning and redevelopment, as well as public finance. He currently serves as Director of Resiliency Solutions and Capital Services at CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure, where he builds, leads, and motivates multiple service lines that help clients develop solutions to some of the most difficult issues in emergency management and recovery, energy management, sustainability, capital program management, transportation engineering and construction management, and brownfields redevelopment. Mr. Goodson also manages the Resiliency service line, as well as the state and local government advocacy program for CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure. Prior to joining CB&I, Mr. Goodson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, and Assistant Executive Director of the East Baton Rouge Community Development Entities. During his tenure, these two organizations participated in over $200 million of investment and financed over 750 affordable and mixed-income residential units.
Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine – Chieftess and Head of State, Gullah Geechee Nation
Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist, film consultant, and "The Art-ivist." She is the founder of the premiere advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. Queen Quet is vetted with the United States White House as an Expert Commissioner in the Department of the Interior. She is also the Chair of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor General Management Plan which is being completed by a commission created by the act for there to be a ÒGullah/Geechee National Heritage Corridor. Queen Quet is also a member of the "National Park Relevancy Committee." Queen Quet has not only provided histo-musical presentations throughout the world, but was also the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of her people before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Tim Grandia – Director, Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
Tim Grandia serves as the Director of the Program on Sea Level Rise at Climate Central. Prior to joining the Climate Central team, Grandia was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he was Head of Americas Content Management for the Global Investment Research division. He led a team of 20 editors and supervisory analysts who oversaw the publication of the division's research, ensuring industry-leading standards of quality, transparency, and regulatory compliance. Previously, he served the same role for the firm's Asia Investment Research operation, based in Hong Kong.
Peter Gray – Partner, Dentons
Peter L. Gray is co-chair of the Dentons U.S. Environmental Practice. He also is one of the co-founders of the Association of Climate Change Officers. Peter has been practicing environmental law for thirty years. Over this period, he has handled virtually every imaginable environmental issue, including disputes over cleanup of contaminated property; legal challenges to environmental regulations; and defense of state and federal enforcement cases involving charges of improper hazardous waste management, permit violations under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, release reporting violations, and unlawful pesticide sales. He has authored several leading treatises on environmental law, including the American Bar Association’s treatise on Superfund (scheduled for publication in Fall 2015).
Michael Green – Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association (CABA)
Michael Green is a seasoned advocate for climate policy and environmental action. Since 2012, he has served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy. As an activist, he has played strategic roles in several of the largest national, as well as international campaigns dedicated to fighting climate change. In his role at CABA, Michael manages staff and oversees the development of all program areas. He sits on the Board of Boston area non-profits as well as a policy advisor to national business associations on topics ranging from energy policy to climate adaptation. Michael is a Northeastern University graduate with degrees in international affairs and environmental studies, course work at the University of Edinbrough’s MSc Program in Environmental Protection and Management and Harvard Business Schools CORe Program.
Rebecca Hammer – Staff Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Becky Hammer is a Staff Attorney in the Water Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council, based in Washington, DC. At NRDC, she uses litigation and advocacy to advance clean water policy nationwide and in key regions, including New York, New Jersey, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Her work focuses on expanding the use of green infrastructure, curbing stormwater runoff pollution, and helping communities prepare for climate change. Before joining NRDC in 2009, Becky interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and in 2012 was named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" list for Law & Policy.
Lara Hansen – Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt
Lara thinks climate change is everybody's problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. In addition to her decades of work with communities and organizations to develop climate-informed action through EcoAdapt’s engaged stakeholder process (Awareness to Action), she has written extensively on adaptation including Buying Time and Climate Savvy. She serves on the unfairly maligned, vitally important Nobel Prize-winning IPCC, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a USEPA Bronze Medalist. Prior to EcoAdapt, she was the chief climate change scientist for WWF from 2001-2008, and a U.S. EPA Research Ecologist from 1998-2001.
Jessica Hitt – Scientist & CAKE Program Manager, EcoAdapt
Jessica Hitt has worked on climate change adaptation and training since 2007. She currently provides research and programmatic support to a broad range of projects and is affectionately known as the "dream-maker‚" - EcoAdapt dreams and she makes them happen. She is currently a Content Editor for CAKE and supports the State of Adaptation program by developing adaptation examples and materials. Jessica is also the creator of the EcoAdapt-Allianz Foundation Youth Climate Change Initiative, which engages Washington, DC youth on climate change issues through an integrated educational program that encourages action and civic engagement. Prior to joining the EcoAdapt team, she worked in the Climate Change Program at the World Wildlife Fund. During her time at WWF, she was part of a team that planned, taught and coordinated the WWF-Allianz Southeast Climate Witness Program, which involved 24 students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the WWF-HP Climate Camp in San Francisco, CA which brought together over 250 natural resource practitioners from over 30 countries to engage on climate adaptation.
Carri Hulet – Senior Associate, Consensus Building Institute
Carri Hulet is a mediator and facilitator with the Consensus Building Institute. She has over a decade of experience working primarily on issues related to energy, environment, land use, and most recently, climate change adaptation. Carri has worked with several municipalities in a variety of activities aimed at building consensus for local adaptation action. Lately, Carri and her colleagues have become increasingly troubled by the fact that so few communities can even talk about retreat as an option. As a result, CBI recently hosted a workshop on coastal retreat and its challenges – institutional, financial, even emotional (she will share insights from that workshop during her presentation on the panel). Carri is also co-author of the book, "Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities" (Anthem Press, 2015).
Archie Kasnet – Vice President Sustainability, Altenex
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Jesse Keenan – Research Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Jesse M. Keenan is the Research Director for the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.), Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and affiliate university faculty for extreme weather and climate change at Columbia University. Keenan has held various appointments at the University of Miami, Harvard University, the University of Amsterdam and The Bauhaus Academy. Keenan’s research in the built environment has partnered with a variety of global actors, including the AIA, Audi, Carnegie Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hulic Co., Ltd., MoMA, Mori Foundation, NASA, NIST, Open Society Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and UN-Habitat. Keenan’s principle research focus is on climate change and the built environment, including aspects of design, construction, and financing. Keenan is the author of NYC 2040: Housing the Next One Million New Yorkers (Columbia University Press) and the forthcoming book Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (Columbia University Press). 
Saleem Khan – Fulbright Scholar-Post Doctoral Fellow, Centre for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University
Saleem Khan is a Fulbright-Nehru Post Doctoral Research Fellow at CIESIN, Earth Institute, Columbia University. His area of expertise includes sea- level rise risk communication, community-based adaptation, policy-planning and decision-making. The multi-disciplinary perspective of his doctoral research on sea-level rise and coastal adaptation has caught the attention of NASA & NSF and acknowledged him as one of the “Next Generation Climate Change Scholars-2013” through DISCCRS (DISsertation initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch) program. Previously, he served as a Climate Change Programme Officer and played a lead role in establishing TNSCCC (Tamil Nadu State Climate Change Cell) for the Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, India with an emphasize on Climate Change Policies, Climate Change Governance and Climate Change Services.
Aurash Khawarzad – Policy Coordinator, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Aurash Khawarzad is an urban planner and educator that has been working in New York City since 2009. His work focuses on issues of social equity, public engagement, and policymaking. He is currently a Policy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice and an adjunct faculty member at the Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School, where he teaches courses on public participation in the urban planning and design process. He has previously worked as a planner at The Project for Public Spaces and as an aide for legislators in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. He has also been a part of many collaborative projects that work at the intersection of policy, art, activism, and public space, including founding the interdiscilinary collective DoTank, which has worked around NYC and international in Moscow, Russia and Santiago, Chile, to name a few.
Carolyn Kirk – Deputy Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Carolyn A. Kirk joined the Administration of Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in January of 2015. Kirk leads operational management and shares policy responsibility for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Department of Housing and Community Development, the Mass. Office of Business Development and its ancillary agencies of Mass. Travel and Tourism, Mass. Marketing Partnership, Mass. Office of International Trade and Investment. Kirk is responsible for economic planning and growth in the Maritime economic sector, oversees the MassWorks grant program, and provides direct support to the Lieutenant Governor’s office on a number of initiatives. In 2007 Kirk was the first woman popularly elected as Mayor of the City of Gloucester. Kirk went on to win three subsequent general municipal elections and never lost a ward or a precinct in any of her contests and served as Mayor for seven years.
Frank Knapp – President & CEO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Frank Knapp co-founded the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) in February of 2000. He serves as the president and CEO of the 5000+ member statewide advocacy organization. The SCSBCC routinely intervenes in energy regulatory matters and has been a long-time supporter of renewable energy to stabilize electricity production costs and to fight climate change. Mr. Knapp also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council and is the president of The Knapp Agency, a full service advertising/public relations firm he founded in 1991 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Julia Knisel – Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Resources Zone Management
Julia Knisel manages the StormSmart Coasts program for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. During her ten years at CZM, she has assisted communities with erosion and flooding issues. Julia coordinates with state and regional partners to implement adaptation strategies. She represents CZM on the Coastal States Organization’s Climate Change Work Group and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council’s Coastal Hazards Resilience Committee, which she co-chairs. Julia worked for the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Program in Woods Hole and was a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow in North Carolina.
Bob Kolasky – Dep. Asst. Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Bob Kolasky was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection on June 15, 2015. As Deputy, he assists the Assistant Secretary in leading the coordinated national efforts to reduce the risk to the nation’s critical infrastructures posed by acts of terrorism, and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency. In this role he manages four Divisions, the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center and Strategy and Policy with a $259M budget for the Office of Infrastructure Protection. Kolasky previously served as the Director of Strategy and Policy for the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection. Prior to that he served as the Assistant Director for Risk Governance and Support in the Office of Risk Management Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security where he led the first ever Strategic National Risk Assessment, in partnership with FEMA, as part of the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8.
Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
Daniel Kreeger is co-founder of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and has a unique familiarity of key climate and sustainability leaders at and efforts by most Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions and North American government entities. Dan has led ACCO’s programming efforts, as well as establishment of the CCO Certification, the first comprehensive climate change credentialing program for executives across sectors. Dan led ACCO's partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2011 and 2012 to co-produce their flagship conference on sustainability in Federal agency operations, the GreenGov Symposium, and has been a co-founding steering committee member for the consortium that jointly administered EPA's Climate Leadership Awards from 2012-2015. An accomplished business executive with more than 15 years of cross-functional experience in change management and enterprise business strategies within business-to-business, government, and consumer-centric sectors, Dan focuses specifically on the human capital, economic and operational implications of environmental and public health issues. Dan serves on the Dean's Council of Advisors at the FIU College of Architecture and the Arts, and frequently lectures at top sustainability focused graduate and executive education programs.
Stephanie Kruel – Senior Environmental Planner, VHB
Stephanie is a Senior Environmental Planner at VHB with experience as a conservation agent, floodplain manager, and community planner. She specializes in coastal development and climate change adaptation as it pertains to sea level rise. Stephanie holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology from Emory University. She is a registered EnvisionTM Sustainability Professional. Stephanie is the author of The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Tidal Flooding in Boston, Massachusetts, which was accepted for publication in August 2015 by The Journal of Coastal Research. She was a speaker and panelist at the 2013 Rising Seas Summit on the topic of Policy Making for Resilience and Regional Coordination.
Susan Labandibar – Founder and Owner, Tech Networks of Boston
Susan Labandibar is the founder and owner of Tech Networks of Boston, a Massachusetts benefit corporation serving the strategic technology needs of the Greater Boston nonprofit community while providing training and opportunities for disadvantaged youths who aspire to careers in IT. The company also creates and sustains environmental initiatives, including the Climate Action Business Association, which organizes local business leaders to be more effective advocates for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Susan currently serves as president of the board of directors at both Tech Networks of Boston and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. She also serves as treasurer at the Climate Action Business Association and at Green Cambridge.
Holly Leicht – Region II Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Holly Leicht was appointed HUD Regional Administrator (RA) for New York and New Jersey in January, 2014 by Secretary Shaun Donovan. As RA, Holly oversees $6 billion in HUD funding, programs and activities in both states, as well as managing Field Offices in Buffalo, Albany, and Newark. In addition to ensuring that HUD provides safe, decent, and affordable housing to individuals and families, Holly also closely monitors the implementation of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force recommendations, designed to create a path towards long-term, resilient rebuilding. Prior to her appointment, Holly was the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), a research-based advocacy organization championing quality public spaces for all New Yorkers. Holly has also held multiple positions at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, most recently as Deputy Commissioner for Development.
Elisabeth Lennon – Sustainability Coordinator, New York State Department of Transportation
Elisabeth Lennon has 20 years of experience with the NYS Department of Transportation including environmental analysis work for construction, engineering and operations. She now serves as NYSDOT’s Planning section lead on climate change issues and project manager for NYSDOT’s Statewide Flooding Vulnerability Assessment. In her role, Ms. Lennon pursues multiple avenues and pathways to integrate climate change considerations into all levels of NYSDOT’s decision-making. She serves as leader for NYSDOT’s cross-divisional adaptation workgroup and as NYSDOT’s lead project liaison for FHWA’s Hurricane Sandy Follow-Up Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Analysis Pilot. Ms. Lennon has represented NYSDOT for numerous efforts including the NYS Climate Action Council and the NYS Interagency Adaptation Work Group.
Paul Lipke – Senior Adviser, Energy & Buildings, Health Care Without Harm
Paul Lipke, Senior Advisor for Energy and Buildings for Health Care Without Harm, has worked in sustainable strategies, green buildings and renewable energy systems for over twenty years. He co-coordinates the Health Care Working Group of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, helping hospitals track and reduce energy/GHG emissions, and increase resilience. He also led the creation of the free on-line Healthcare Energy Impact Calculator, which enables users to estimate the health impacts and costs related energy use.
Alice Lippert – Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy
Alice Lippert has over 30 years in federal service. She is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) where she serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA). She was formerly the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for EIMA. Ms. Lippert is also a Senior Energy Infrastructure Analyst for energy reliability and risk programs and has over 25 years dealing with energy supply disruptions and emergency response events. She is a resident senior expert on domestic energy markets, critical infrastructure and energy-supply trends. She has extensive experience in working with State and local governments on energy assurance planning and contingency programs.
Rebecca Love – Coastal Management Specialist, The Baldwin Group, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Rebecca Love is a Coastal Management Specialist at NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. She provides outreach and technical assistance for many of the tools and resources within the Digital Coast with the goal of helping coastal communities increase resilience by incorporating natural infrastructure into local planning activities. As part of NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) team, Rebecca analyzes remotely sensed land cover imagery and change data.
Phillip Ludvigsen – Senior Associate, First Environment
Phil is a senior level business director experienced in climate change and carbon consulting services, including the development of greenhouse gas emission reports, assessment of carbon accounting systems/controls, emission baseline reductions, verification of carbon inventories and offsets, and environmental financing approaches such as green bonds. He has a proven track record of climate program development with a successful history of directing technical and financial aspects of multi-million dollar projects. Notably, Phil helped manage a $25 million strategic investment fund for American Reinsurance (now part of Munich American Reinsurance) focused on strategic environmental, health, and social loss prevention as well as cost control. With regard to environmental financing, Phil co-developed environmental, social, and governance due diligence work stream frameworks for some of the largest pension funds in North America. Notably, he was also the first Certified Responsible Investment Professional in North America certified via the Responsible Investment Association and recognized by Investment Industry Association of Canada. Phil also sits on the Climate Bond Standards verification work group and has co-authored thought leadership on the area of Green Bonds.
Becky Lupes – Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
Becky Lupes is a member of the Federal Highway Administration’s Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team. She led development of FHWA’s Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework and oversaw a pilot program in which 19 agencies assessed the resilience of their transportation infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather.
John Malueg – Manager of Resiliency Programs, Stantec
As an expert in FEMA, USACE, and HUD risk identification, disaster response, and hazard mitigation programs, John is Stantec’s global leader in resiliency, recovery, and disaster management. Building his skills over a 30-plus year career, John is an essential partner to both communities and public agencies needing fast, efficient, and effective disaster response and recovery services. Committed to restoring quality of life, John helped provide FEMA guidance to State and local townships immediately after Tropical Storm Irene and throughout recovery, for example. He led damage assessments of critical infrastructure, evaluated recovery options, and assisted our clients in securing maximum FEMA reimbursements. With significant community engagement, John supports our clients in developing plans and implementing programs that increase resiliency to future shocks, stresses, and disasters. As a member of the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division, Emerging Technologies Committee, he is dedicated to advancing the civil engineering practice to increase the resilience of built infrastructure, including building and lifeline systems. He is an expert at designing site resiliency master plans that assess and address a wide range of risks. With a broad array of engineering strategies, John has led the way in designing sites, facilities, and residences to enhance their ability to respond and recover quickly and efficiently, improving the quality of life for owners and users.
Michael Mann – Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University
Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system. Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Chris Marchi – Director of Community Building & Environment, Neighborhood Organization for Affordable Housing
Chris Marchi is responsible for oversight of NOAH’s community organizing, environmental, and social justice programming. He supervises many CBE directives of the Strategic Plan, such as engagement with youth and environmental groups in the Greater Boston area. Chris is a life-long East Boston resident and long-term environmental activist. Chris attended the Mass. College of Art, and has worked in the past for Valdez Baseball Academy, Boston Natural Areas Network and the City of Boston. Earlier this year, he was presented the East Boston Times "Man of the Year" award for his community-related environmental achievements.
Benjamin McFarlane – Senior Regional Planner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Ben McFarlane is a Senior Regional Planner for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, the Hampton Roads PDC is the regional planning organization for southeastern Virginia. Mr. McFarlane has worked primarily on the Commission’s coastal zone management efforts, including studies on climate change, sea level rise, green infrastructure, and local land use policies.
Samantha Medlock – Deputy Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Samantha A. Medlock is the Deputy Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President, where she staffs the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Sam also represents the Council on the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force and the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group of the National Security Council. Prior to joining CEQ, Sam was Policy Counsel to the Association of State Floodplain Managers, where she was the organization’s policy lead in Washington, D.C., liaising with the administration, monitoring legislation and providing technical assistance and testimony in Congress on the National Flood Insurance Program, flood risk and liabilities associated with levees, and resilient recovery from flood disasters. Sam also provided expert testimony and prepared amicus briefs on behalf of the Association. Sam is a recipient of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service in recognition of her service as member of the National Committee on Levee Safety.
Rawlings Miller – Technical Specialist, ICF International
Rawlings Miller has more than 15 years of experience in climate change and air pollution research and policy as well as 2 years of experience as an engineer. She has participated in a range of projects involving conducting hazard and vulnerability assessments of climate impacts on various sectors and tailoring climate information to inform decision makers. She has supported a number of agencies, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration..
Steven Miller – Supervisor, Environmental Management and Sustainability, MassDOT Highway Division
Steven Miller has worked for MassDOT for 21 years. Steve is the Project Manager for the MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery. He assists with ongoing future climate change related projects including the MassDOT pilot project in the Deerfield Watershed exploring how transportation assets relate to fluvial geomorphology, statewide vulnerabilities, and coastal vulnerabilities and adaptation options.
Todd Miller – Executive Director, North Carolina Coastal Federation
Coastal North Carolina native Todd Miller is the founder and executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a nonprofit with over 12,000 members and 3,000 active volunteers. Since 1982 the federation has expanded to three-offices with over 30 staffers and a multi-million dollar budget targeted for educating the public, advocating for a productive coast and restoring water quality and shorelines. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Miller was selected as a distinguished alumnus in 2013 and recently honored with a 2015 "Hero of the Seas" award by the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Miller is a founding board member of Restore America Estuaries and serves on the Board of Visitors for the UNC Institute for the Environment.
Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Energy and Sustainabilty Environment, WSP
As Vice President for Sustainability and Energy, Mr. Mondshine leads WSP's Climate Preparedness Practice. He has 22 years of experience in greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, policy development, mitigation and adaptation. He has been recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for his contributions to their receipt of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and has led the ACCO supply chain working group. At the recent Climate Strategies Forum, Mr. Mondshine was the lead instructor at a bootcamp on GHG Management and Goal Setting. He is also scheduled as an instructor on materiality assessment and climate risk disclosure at the upcoming Rising Seas Summit in New York City.
Robert Moore – Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
Rob Moore leads NRDC’s Water & Climate Team, within the organization’s Water Program. Rob’s team focuses on identifying the challenges a rapidly warming climate poses for water resources and communities across the country. Among the most substantial impacts are those associated with sea level rise and the increasing risk of flooding in low-lying coastal areas of the United States. Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, implementation of President Obama’s recent Federal Flood Risk Management Standards, integration of climate change impacts in FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans, and the impacts of climate change on water infrastructure are all areas of interest. Over his career he has worked at various environmental advocacy organizations in Illinois, Vermont, and New York State. His interest in environmental issues began while serving in the Illinois National Guard when, in the summer of 1993, his unit was activated to respond to a 500-year flood on the Mississippi River. That experience motivated him to pursue a career in environmental advocacy. Since joining NRDC over two years ago, my work has focused on flood insurance, water infrastructure, disaster planning, climate preparedness, and resiliency.
Alaurah Moss – Staff Scientist, Coastal Risk Consulting
Alaurah Moss has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland and is currently a Master’s of Environmental Management (MEM) student focusing on the geospatial analysis of water resources and natural hazards. Alaurah’s Masters Thesis focuses on modeling groundwater inundation as a consequence of sea-level rise on the East coast. Alaurah recently contributed her geospatial and sea-level rise acumen to the Hampton Roads regional team at the Dutch Dialogues Virginia, a workshop that explored creative solutions for flood risk reduction, resilience, and smarter redevelopment in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Jim Newman – LEED AP O+M, Principal and Director of Metrics, Linnaen Solutions
Jim Newman is a founder and principal of Linnean Solutions, which provides resilience analysis and planning, EcoDistrict management, environmental analysis services, and tracks energy, environmental, and community impacts for organizations. Mr. Newman has led Linnean for 5 years, and before that, was Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen, LLC, publishers of Environmental Building News. Mr. Newman’s project experience at Linnean includes the Kendall Square EcoDistrict, the Boston Architectural College Climate Action Plan, preparing a stormwater monitoring and display system for the BAC Green Alley project in Boston, and project leader for the "Building Resilience in Boston" and "Resilient Multifamily Affordable Housing" reports.
Hubert Murray – Advisor on Sustainability and Resiliency, Partners Healthcare
Hubert Murray is an architect with 40 years experience working on projects in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As president of the Boston Society of Architects, he conceived and co-chaired Mass Impact, two international and multidisciplinary symposia held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 on the subject of cities and climate change. In recent years he has been employed by Partners HealthCare as Manager of Sustainable Initiatives for 12 hospitals and associated health centers throughout Massachusetts. In 2013 he helped initiate and continues to advise on the development of a Strategic Resiliency Plan for Partners facilities statewide. He has written and lectured widely on the subject of sustainability, resiliency and the impacts of climate change.
Steve Nicholas – Vice President of Urban Programs, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Steve Nicholas is ISC's Vice President of Urban Programs. Steve launched ISC's US program and created the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA), which is one of the premier vehicles for capacity-building and technical assistance focused on sustainability in the US. Using a unique model of peer-to-peer learning, the Academy has served more than 500 US communities. Prior to joining ISC, he was Director of the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment for eight years, where he led several urban sustainability initiatives, including the development and implementation of the Seattle Climate Protection Initiative, winner of the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award. He co-authored Seattle’s first-ever climate action plan, as well as the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which sparked a national movement of more than 940 mayors taking local action on global warming and demanding stronger federal action. He also staffed the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection, led the creation of the Seattle Climate Partnership, a voluntary pact among more than 50 public and private institutions to reduce their global warming pollution, and established the Directors’ Climate Network, a coalition of environment directors and senior climate protection staff from about 20 US cities.
Marc Pacheco – Senator, Massachusetts Legislature
President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1988 and to the Massachusetts Senate in 1992 by the citizens of the 1st Plymouth and Bristol District. Senator Pacheco is founding Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and serves as Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration. He is former Chair of the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and numerous other committees throughout his service in the State Legislature.  Throughout his career, Senator Pacheco has supported initiatives to spur job creation and economic growth, to preserve the environment and support the new “green” economy, to ensure the protection of rights for veterans, women and senior citizens, increase civic engagement, and foster the creation of global economic partnerships. Senator Pacheco was honored to be selected by Al Gore in 2007 to become a Climate Messenger to increase awareness around climate change and to encourage action to prevent its worst effects. He has prioritized these key issues of today to build a better future for the Commonwealth.
Jacqueline Patterson – Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
Currently the NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, has served as a trainer, organizer, researcher,, and policy analyst on international and domestic issues including women’s rights, HIV&AIDS, violence against women, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson authored multiple articles including: "Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma"; "Energy Democracy, Black Lives Matter, and the NAACP Advocacy Agenda", "Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue", "And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership" and more. She serves on the Boards of Directors for Center for Story Based Strategy, Institute of the Black World and US Climate Action Network, as well as on Steering Committees for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and Advisory Board for Center for Earth Ethics.
Robbin Peach – Program Manager of Resiliency, Massachusetts Port Authority
Robbin Peach is the founding director of the Collaborative Institute. An entrepreneurial leader with key accomplishments in organizational development, private/public partnerships, strategic planning, and developing complex multi-stakeholder programs, Ms. Peach specializes in philanthropy and marine ecosystem management issues and has provided strategic advice to government, foundations, not-for-profits, private consulting firms, and institutions of higher education. Most recently Ms. Peach co-founded, with a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership – a public/private partnership that has supported the first-in-the-nation integrated multi-use ocean management plan, setting the stage for marine spatial planning in the United States. She has been executive director of a quasi-public philanthropy for eighteen years, and has worked for the City of Boston in roles of senior planner and director of urban design.
Cammy Peterson – Manager of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Cameron Peterson manages the Clean Energy Division at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston. In this role, Cammy directs and oversees the Agency’s efforts on municipal and regional renewable energy and energy efficiency planning, project, and policy efforts across the MAPC region with a goal to advance markets for clean technology while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuel consumption in the Commonwealth. She enjoys collaborating with cities and towns to facilitate progress toward Green Communities designation, climate planning, stretch code implementation, clean energy technology and services procurement, and improved permitting and zoning. She further works with her team to facilitate and coordinate community energy resiliency projects; solar, renewable thermal, climate, and energy efficiency policy development; and statewide and municipal governance initiatives. Since joining MAPC in 2013, Ms. Peterson has also led the Energy team's solar projects, including the Regional Solar Initiative and other solar energy management services projects.
Tim Purinton – Director, Division of Ecological Restoration, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
Tim oversees a nationally award-winning Division that currently coordinates over sixty river, wetland, and stream flow restoration projects across the state. DER staff currently manages a project and annual budget of over 17 million dollars, most of which is competitively grant funded. To date DER and partners have restored nearly 2,000 acres of coastal wetlands and reestablished continuity to over 200 miles of river and stream.
Julia Price Radice – Project Manager, Association of Climate Change Officers
Julia Price Radice is an environmental policy professional, with a focus on driving cross-sector sustainability initiatives. Currently, she is a Project Manager at Association of Climate Change Officers where she leads the Women's Climate Collaborative and coordinates ACCO's Supply Chain and GHG Management curriculum working groups and related educational programming. Her past experience includes working on corporate sustainability projects at Ceres and designing and implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities companies with Conservation Services Group. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, authored "Getting to the 'Green'-Market: A Discussion on Eco-Labels: An Emergent Private Regime Outside the Framework of International Trade Negotiations" (Harvard Program on Negotiation Books) and has co-authored a chapter in an upcoming book "Transformational Change in Environment and Natural Resource Management: In Search of Policy Excellence" (Earthscan/Routledge).
Kenneth Reardon – Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Community Development, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Kenneth M. Reardon currently serves as Professor and Director of UMASS Boston's newly launched Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning and Community Development where he is engaged in research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of neighborhood planning, community development, community/university partnerships and municipal government reform. Prior to joining the UMASS Boston faculty, Ken held tenured positions at Illinois, Cornell, and Memphis. He is most well known for his role in establishing UIUC's East St. Louis Action Research Project and Cornell's New Orleans Planning Initiative. His newest book, co-edited with Cornell's John Forester, Rebuilding Community After Katrina: Transformative Education within the New Orleans Planning Initiative, has just been published by Temple University Press.
Dan Rizza – Strategic Relations Liaison, Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
Dan Rizza serves as Strategic Relations Liaison for Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise based in Princeton, NJ. Dan leads outreach efforts for program and manages the roll-out of the Surging Seas Risk Finder, a screening-level public web tool that provides local flood risk and sea level rise projections, searchable maps, and localized exposure tabulations. Previously, Dan worked at the Climate Policy Center of CA-CP where he managed sea level rise and clean energy initiatives and advised congressional committees on hearings. He was a member of the team contracted by the Department of Energy to advise and support the start-up of ARPA-E.
Keith Rizzardi – Assistant Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law
Keith W. Rizzardi, is an Assistant Professor at St. Thomas University School of Law. An environmental lawyer, litigator and compliance professional, and a board certified specialist in State & Federal Administrative Practice, Keith is also a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Two of his recent scholarly articles have explored the intersection of environmental law and ethics: Rising Seas, Receding Ethics? Why Real Estate Professionals Should Seek the Moral High Ground, 6 Wash. & Lee J. Energy Climate & Env’t 2:402 (2015), and Sea Level Lies: The Duty to Confront the Denier, 44 Stetson L. Rev. 75 (2014). Working as Special Counsel to the West Palm Beach based law firm of Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., he helps local municipalities achieve compliance with applicable environmental and administrative laws. Previously, he served as Chairman of the U.S. Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (advising the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters) as a Managing Attorney for the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach.
Joe Romm – Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Dr. Joseph Romm is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He oversees the blog ClimateProgress.org, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Fifteen Favorite Websites for the Environment in 2007. In December 2008, Romm was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "distinguished service toward a sustainable energy future and for persuasive discourse on why citizens, corporations, and governments should adopt sustainable technologies." In a March 2009 column in the New York Times, Tom Friedman noted that Dr. Romm is "a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog climateprogress.org." In March 2009, Rolling Stone also named him one of of "The 100 People Who Are Changing America" calling him "America’s fiercest climate-change blogger." And in April, U.S. News & World Report named him "one of the most influential energy and environmental policymakers in the Obama era." He is author of Hell and High Water: Global Warming—The Solution and The Politics (William Morrow, January 2007).
Thomas Ruppert – Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant
Thomas Ruppert, coastal planning specialist at the Florida Sea Grant College Program, is a licensed attorney whose work focuses on legal aspects of adaptive planning for sea-level rise, community resilience, and associated long-term challenges and opportunities for Florida’s coastal communities. Areas of expertise include federal and state property rights law, beach and coastal policy in Florida, flood insurance, Florida’s Coastal Construction Control Line program, planning law, and coastal and marine permitting programs. He has worked with over a dozen partners to organize and host legal workshops on coastal issues and flood insurance around the state. Mr. Ruppert is currently involved with several initiatives within Florida communities planning for sea-level rise.
Phil Santiago – Knowledge Center Program Manager, Association of Climate Change Officers
Phil Santiago handles development of research projects, reports, case studies, and webinars to share best practices across sectors and professions affected by climate change. He is also responsible for coordinating the curriculum development efforts for courses under the Climate Science, Risk & Adaptation Planning and Energy Strategies categories under the CCO CertificationTM program.  Phil previously worked with the Climate Savers team at WWF on business engagement on climate change. Prior to entering the environmental field Phil worked in a cancer research lab at MIT and explored a brief-but-exciting career in the music business at Fenway Recordings, a Boston-based band management company.
Josh Sawislak – Global Director of Resilience, AECOM
Josh Sawislak is the global director of resilience for the firm AECOM. In this role, he works across the entire enterprise of AECOM's offerings in planning, design, construction, finance, operations, and development to help develop and leverage resilient strategies projects and clients to address issues such as sustainability, climate change, disaster preparedness, and enterprise risk management. He provides thought leadership and strategic advice to corporations, national governments, municipalities, NGOs, and international organizations across the globe. Prior to rejoining AECOM, he served in the Administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, most recently as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he developed U.S. federal policy on climate adaptation and resilience and worked with foreign governments and international organization on multilateral and bilateral efforts. He also served as a senior advisor to two HUD secretaries focused on infrastructure and resilience at HUD and across government and led the development of the infrastructure recommendations for President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. In this role he was directly involved in the development of the Rebuild by Design competition co-sponsored by HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation and the development of the federal Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines.
Scott Schang – Executive Vice President, Environmental Law Institute
Scott Schang strategically directs the Institute’s publications and education programming and serves as a climate and energy expert. Scott was previously Vice President, Climate & Sustainability and Co-Director of ELI’s Africa Program. Prior to joining ELI in 2003, Scott practiced environmental law for ten years with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and with Latham & Watkins. His private practice encompassed most areas of environmental law and policy, with an emphasis on chemical and pesticide regulation, federal rulemaking, and environmental due diligence.
Natalie Schneider – Climate Change and Sustainability Coordinator, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
Natalie Schneider, AICP, is a land use planner and water resource manager with over 17 years of experience in both public and private sectors. In her position with Palm Beach County, Natalie plays a key role in leading the County’s climate change and sustainability efforts including representation with the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and working across departments to identify, prioritize, plan, develop, promote, and coordinate climate change and sustainability initiatives in the areas of water, energy, transportation, and procurement, to name a few.
Maureen Scully – Associate Professor of Management, Coordinator of OSC Track, PhD Program Associate Professor of Management, UMass Boston College of Management
Maureen Scully stewards the college in several pivotal areas, such as engaging with businesses and the community to generate and share knowledge; enhancing the research culture across the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels; creating collaborations within and beyond UMass Boston; obtaining accreditation renewal for the college; and widening the job opportunities and positive social contributions of graduates through innovative programs on topics that cross disciplines (such as sustainability, supply chain management, corporate governance, healthcare informatics and change management, business analytics, urban entrepreneurship, diversity and the global workforce, and more). From 2011-2013, Scully served as the associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Management, working with a team of faculty and staff to create a new PhD program for the college (with tracks in organizations and social change, finance, and management information systems) and to expand the reputation and reach of the master’s and certificate programs. At the college’s Center for Collaborative Leadership, she is a faculty advisor for the Emerging Leaders Program, where she guides teams of mid-career professionals in learning new leadership skills through civic engagement projects.
Aleka Seville – Director of Advisory Services, Four Twenty Seven
Aleka Seville is an experienced sustainability professional with demonstrated strengths in program and policy development, public-private partnership building and stakeholder engagement. At Four Twenty Seven, Aleka works directly with local governments and private sector stakeholders to help organizations understand and effectively communicate climate change risks and develop solutions. She has consulted for nonprofits, local, regional and federal government agencies, and has specific interest and expertise in the value of cross-sector collaboration to leverage scarce resources, align climate and economic goals and implement strategic policy solutions.
Vitalii Sheremet – Senior Research Associate, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Dr. Vitalii Sheremet is a Senior Research Associate with NOAA Northeast Fisheries science Center. He conducts research on and develops instrumentation for measuring currents and water level variability in the coastal ocean. For nearly 10 years he was involved in deploying instrumentation on fishermen gear as a part of the Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps (eMOLT) project and in salt marshes, in particular, at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Sarah Slaughter – President, Built Environment Coalition
Dr. Sarah Slaughter is President, Built Environment Coalition, and was recently Visiting Lecturer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Associate Director for Buildings and Infrastructure in the MIT Energy Initiative; faculty head, MIT Sloan School of Management – Sustainability Initiative; and founder/CEO, MOCA Systems, Inc. Previously, she was a professor in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Lehigh University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Slaughter serves on the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee, Retroficiency, Inc. Board of Directors, and the Charles River Watershed Association Board. She is a member of the National Academy of Construction, and an Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Curt Spalding – Region 1 Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding has extensive experience in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. For almost 20 years, he served as Executive Director of Save the Bay in Rhode Island, a nationally recognized, 20,000-member environmental advocacy and education organization. There, he helped build an advocacy and education program that helped restore the Bay and educates 15,000 children year. He also oversaw the construction of the Save the Bay Center at Fields Point in Providence, Rhode Island. Winning the Phoenix Award for development of the Save The Bay Center is a highlight of Curt's leadership tenure. But according to Curt, getting a Green Infrastructure project permitted on a brownfield back in 2003, may well be his greatest achievement. Since joining the EPA leadership team in February 2010, Spalding has been leading a holistic approach to finding environmental solutions in New England. He's emphasized efforts in community engagement, sustainability, environmental justice and green economy. Spalding has focused our efforts in the region on three cross-cutting initiatives: climate change, stormwater and community prosperity. Spalding has been heavily engaged in resilience planning efforts for Climate Change in New England. He has also been involved in a number of pilot projects working on sustainability in communities around the region.
Erika Spanger-Siegfried – Senior Climate Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Erika Spanger-Siegfried is a senior climate analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists. She manages UCS’s climate preparedness projects, designed to shed light through new analysis and outreach on ongoing and projected local impacts, efforts to cope, and the urgency of high-level action. Erika has managed several major, multi-year analytical projects, including the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment. Prior to joining UCS in 2005, Ms. Spanger-Siegfried was an associate scientist at the Boston Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute, where her work focused on understanding and supporting the adaptive capacity of vulnerable populations and sectors in developing countries.
Carl Spector – Director, Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston
Carl Spector is Director of Climate and Environmental Planning in the City of Boston’s Environment Department, where he oversees programs related to climate mitigation and adaptation, air and noise pollution, and other aspects of sustainability. Before joining Boston City Hall in 2005, Carl worked on a wide variety of environmental and energy issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. General Accounting Office, and in private industry.
Thomas Spiegelhalter – Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Structural and Environmental Technologies Laboratory, FIU
Thomas Spiegelhalter has realized research demonstration work in Europe and the US in numerous contextual solar, zero -fossil-energy, passive and low-energy building realizations projects; large-scale sustainability master planning and consultancies, redevelopment projects for abandoned post-industrial architectures and landscapes, engineered suspension bridges, preservation, and revitalization projects. Many of his completed projects have been published in International anthologies of European and American Architecture. As a result of his 20 years of design and built work, professional consulting, awarded research, teaching, Spiegelhalter has received 52 prizes, awards, and honors in European and US sustainability competitions individual and in collaboration with landscape architects, and engineers.
Arlen Stawasz – Architectural Designer, Perkins + Will
Arlen Stawasz is an Architectural Designer at Perkins+Will, serving as the key ambassador for the resiliency task force in the Boston office. His work experience includes high rise development, civic, academic, energy and residential, urban planning and design. Arlen is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as an instructor of the BAC faculty and an active member of the Alumni Board. In the fall of 2014, Arlen contributed to the Urban Land Institute's Living with Water Report which was featured in the Boston Globe and BBC news. Arlen's passion for resilient design and climate preparedness blossomed with his degree project thesis entitled The LOCC (Library of Climate Change). This project utilized the building program of a library as a climate awareness and educational tool that serves as a repository of information responding to the extreme weathering conditions as predicted in the future. Arlen is actively cataloging and sharing his research with policy makers, city officials, and academics to influence Boston's design thinking.
Emily Steinhilber – Assistant Director of Coastal Resilience Research, Old Dominion University
Emily Steinhilber is the Assistant Director for Coastal Resilience Research at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she facilitates the "Intergovernmental Pilot Project" and other regional coastal resilience and sea-level rise related initiatives. Prior to ODU, Ms. Steinhilber was the Executive Director of the Virginia Coastal Coalition, a non-profit based in Virginia Beach, Virginia dedicated to creating a dialogue within the business community on issues related to sea-level rise. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Alan Strasser – Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation, Climate Change Center, U.S. Department of Transportation
Alan W. Strasser is an attorney at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he advises policymakers on regulatory and environmental issues. Representing DOT on the Hampton Roads, VA, Sea Level Rise Pilot, previously, he has was a mediator and attorney in private practice addressing environmental and energy issues. More recently, he has completed assignments for DOE (efficiency negotiations) and White House CEQ (Climate Change Adaptation Task Force). In 2014, he moderated a symposium on utility regulation and EPA’s Clean Power Plan. He is co-author, Symposium Proceeding (forthcoming 2015, the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law). He is on the board of directors, the Tidewater Security Project.
Ben Strauss – Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts, Climate Central
Dr. Benjamin Strauss serves as Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central, a non-profit climate research and journalism organization based in Princeton, N.J. He is a national expert and author of numerous scientific papers and reports on sea level rise, as well as architect of the SurgingSeas.org suite of coastal flood risk tools. Strauss has testified before the U.S. Senate and presented to state and local elected officials, and the White House has highlighted his work. His research has been covered across the U.S. and internationally by, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian and USA Today. He has appeared as an expert on national network news and nationally syndicated radio.
Brian Swett – Director, Cities and Sustainable Real Estate, Arup
Brian Swett currently serves as Director, Cities and Sustainable Real Estate at Arup. In this role, Brian is spearheading the work of Arup in the Americas to integrate its advisory services in strategy development, planning, finance, operations and economics with its key strengths in design, engineering and implementation services, delivered in the city context. Prior to joining Arup, Brian served as Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. Encompassing more than 400 employees and a $40 million annual budget, Brian led a variety of major policy and program initiatives; launched Greenovate Boston and Climate Ready Boston; and led the update to the City’s Climate Action Plan, released in January 2015. Under his leadership, Boston was recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as the #1 city in the country for energy efficiency policies and programs in their 2013 and 2015 biennial rankings. Previously, Brian was a development project manager and sustainability lead with Boston Properties where he advised and oversaw LEED and sustainability related initiatives throughout the Boston region and across the company. Brian demonstrates his personal enthusiasm to sustainability issues as an advisory board member for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Sustainability and a board member for the Boston Green Academy.
Nicole Tachiki – Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Nicole (Nikki) Tachiki works with the National Estuary Program and Climate Ready Estuaries in the Coastal Management Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Within these programs, she spends her time focusing on projects related to climate change, climate change adaptation, and green infrastructure.
Marc Thomas – OSWER Climate Change Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Marc Thomas has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2005. He currently works in EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), Center for Program Analysis in Washington, D.C., serving as OSWER’s Climate Change Coordinator. Most of his career has been spent in EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, where he worked with the RCRA corrective action program, including efforts to identify and promote the use of greener cleanup practices as part of site cleanups. In addition to his work on climate change, Mr. Thomas helps lead EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, which encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.
CAPT Ray Toll (Ret) – Director Coastal Resilience Research, Office of Research, Old Dominion University
Ray Toll is the Director for Coastal Resilience Research at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he has been the primary facilitator in developing a whole of government/community approach to regional planning to mitigate and adapt to sea level rise. This pilot is one of several in the country dealing with climate change and resiliency. He also currently serves on Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Mr. Toll is a retired Navy Captain who worked in Naval Oceanography for 26 years. Following Navy, he worked in the private sector, dealing mainly with Earth Science programs, models and data bases. He is currently the President of the Marine Technology Society. and serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Middle Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System, and in October 2012 chaired OCEANS 2012.
Jamie Torres Springer – Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors
Jamie Torres Springer serves as a Partner of HR&A Advisors, Inc. Mr. Springer has provided public, private, not-for-profit and institutional clients across North America, in Europe and Asia with strategic planning and real estate advice drawn from a deep understanding of the public-private development process. In 2013, he served on a special assignment as Deputy Director for Community Initiatives within the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency in the New York City Mayor’s Office, helping to lead a team of 40 professionals to develop the City’s response to Hurricane Sandy and future climate change risks across major citywide systems and infrastructure areas, and to apply the over 250 recommendations of the Mayor’s PlaNYC Report for a Stronger, More Resilient New York to the five community areas most impacted by Sandy. He assists private sector clients with real estate development plans for key sites around the world, including leading the financial analysis for a proposed mixed-use development on Toronto’s waterfront, testing the feasibility for new open space and cultural uses on Hong Kong’s waterfront, as well as managing approvals for the proposed $1 billion redevelopment of the South Street Seaport on Manhattan’s East River waterfront. He also manages many of HR&A Advisors’s economic and fiscal impact analysis efforts, supporting more than $32 billion in proposed development in the last four years.
Cameron Wake – Research Professor, University of New Hampshire
Cameron Wake is a Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire and is the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute. Cameron investigates regional climate change through the analysis of ice cores records and instrumental data, and helps lead Climate Solutions New England, a collaborative effort to secure healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities through building energy self-reliance and weather resilience. His collaborative research on several regional climate assessments in the northeast United States has been shared with municipal, state, and federal agencies, has been covered widely in the media, and has been cited by several as motivation for policy action.
Adam Whelchel – Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Adam Whelchel’s twenty-five year career in leadership positions has focused on strategic planning, catalyzing partnerships, and transforming conservation while with government agencies, private firms, academic institutions, and non-profits in the United States, China, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, and Africa. Adam Whelchel is a dynamic communicator called upon to assist diverse groups from around the world with team building and strategic planning. As a Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy, Adam currently focuses on building resilient communities via the Coastal Resilience Network and Global Resilient Cities Initiative. Recently, Adam served as a key advisor on the Puerto Rico Climate Adaptation Plan and as a Lead Author for the U.S. National Climate Assessment.
Kathryn Wright – Consultant, Meister Consultants Group
Kathryn Wright works with public and private-sector clients on climate preparedness strategies, solar and energy efficiency projects at Meister Consultants Group (MCG). She leads MCG’s work on the Smart DG Hub project, which aims to increase the deployment of resilient solar in New York City. In her recent work, she developed an online toolkit and report on preparedness strategies for commercial buildings in Boston on behalf of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. Previously, Ms. Wright worked with the CT Green Bank and Yale University on the Sunrise New England solar project team.
Craig Zamuda – Senior Policy Advisor, Climate and Environmental Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
Craig Zamuda is a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. He provides policy advice on programs related to climate change vulnerabilities and resilience. He served as a lead author on DOE’s 2015 report "Climate Change and the U.S. Energy Sector: Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience Solutions". He led the establishment of the "Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience" with electric utilities to accelerate investment in technologies, practices, and policies that will enable a resilient 21st century energy system. He is leading DOE efforts to develop cost-benefit methodologies for making the case for resilience investments. Dr. Zamuda has over 30 years of experience with DOE, the US EPA, NOAA, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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