The Resiliency of NYC Supply Chains

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You'll learn about:

  • Learn about the complexities of the NYC freight supply chains

  • Learn about the complexities of freight in general

  • Learn about various ways to collect data and plan for resilient freight initiatives


Freight is often hidden in plain sight yet it is one of the only areas of planning that affects everyone and that everyone affects. Within government it can be a struggle to get elected officials and planners to recognize the importance of freight. At this panel, hear from three different agencies who will report on how they are addressing freight resiliency from different perspectives.


The Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) (with the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services) worked on a Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (conducted by the Department of Homeland Security) on the area's Liquid Fuel Supply Chain as well as the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force on identifying vulnerabilities of supply chains to climate change risks.


The NYC Economic Development Corporation (with ORR) conducted a Food Supply Study to better learn how food moves as it owns the property that is home to the Hunts Point Fish, Produce and Meat markets, a vital node in the region's food supply chain.


NYC Emergency Management will present on another RRAP plan that looked at critical freight infrastructure to better understand how to help supply chains recover after a disaster and how to utilize freight to move critical supplies and equipment before, during and after an emergency.


About the Speakers

Andrew Genn
Andrew Genn is Senior Vice President of the Ports & Transportation Department at NYC Economic Development Corporation. In his role, Andrew supervises planning and policy initiatives related to waterborne freight and passenger transportation, air cargo facility planning, rail passenger and freight transportation. Andrew has worked at NYCEDC since 1997 growing through the ranks and is fortunate to have been involved in projects that have reactivated and modernized port and rail infrastructure in Staten Island and Brooklyn, launched citywide ferry service, and improved waterfront assets throughout the city. Andrew attended Cornell University (B.S. Urban Studies) and the City University Graduate Center (M.S. Political Science). He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Sandra Rothbard, AICP
Sandra Rothbard earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University, Wagner. Since graduating, she has worked for the New York City Office of the Public Advocate on transportation and land use issues, the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability on solid waste management and the NYC Department of Transportation in the Office of Freight Mobility. Currently, she serves as the Director of Supply Chain Logistics for NYC Emergency Management where she oversees various programs that support the movement of critical supplies and equipment before during and after an emergency. She is a member of the American Planning Association, serves as the secretary of the Land Use Committee for Brooklyn Community Board 2 and is a founding board member of the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce.

Susanne E. DesRoches, LEED AP
Susanne DesRoches is the Deputy Director for Policy, Infrastructure at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency where she focuses on adapting regional infrastructure systems to climate change. In this role, she leads the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, a group of 60 public and private infrastructure operators, to identify climate risks, coordinate adaptation strategies and develop resiliency design guidelines. Susanne was previously the Chief of Resilience and Sustainability in the Engineering Department at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where she oversaw incorporation of sustainability and climate resiliency into the agency’s $27B ten-year capital program. She led the development of the PANYNJ Climate Resilience Design Guidelines, which incorporates future climate impacts into design strategies. She represented PANYNJ on numerous regional climate change initiatives including the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and the New York State Climate Action Council. Susanne holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She is faculty in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University.

Julie Stein, AICP
Julie Stein is a Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) where she works on the City's public wholesale food markets, leading strategic planning related to industry growth opportunities, market facility modernization, infrastructure investment, and resiliency. Her portfolio also includes industrial, commercial and residential real estate development projects. Julie holds a Master's in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's in Public Policy from Brown University, and she is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program.