Planning for Resilience
As the triple threats of climate change, rapid urbanization and globalization exert pressure on cities across the world, many have turned to resilience as a framework for addressing the shocks and stresses they currently face, and are likely to face as the 21st century advances. But what exactly is urban resilience, and how do you plan for it?
This panel will examine the ways careful planning of all of a city’s structures and systems — from roads, social services, school locations, building materials, parks and more — can contribute to a city’s holistic resilience.
This session will feature several Chief Resilience Officers — a new and innovative position now seen in almost two dozed American cities. Many of these CROs, whose salaries are mostly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, are trained planners. And they’re using those skills to ensure cities are working across departments of government and all sectors of society in order to better serve their citizens, in both good times and bad
, Studio City
Confirmed SpeakerCurrently Director of City Planning, City of Norfolk, VA Previously served as Director of Community Development for New Kent County, Chief Planner for York County and Assistant Planner for James City County Also previously employed as a project manager for US Army and self-employed as the co-owner of a scuba diving business Current President of the American Planning Association Virginia Chapter; 4 years as Vice-President Policy & Legislation of APA Virginia Chapter Member of APA Legislative Policy Committee; co-author of Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide adopted in 2014 and Freight Policy Guide in 2016 Certified Floodplain Manager Outside of work, active as a volunteer in Boy Scouts, Virginia High School League and USA Swimming; serve as a member of the Swim & Dive Rules Committee for the National Federation of High School Associations During tenure as Planning Director, Norfolk has taken a leadership role in planning for resilience and thriving as a city in a rising water environment.
, Rebuild By Design
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAmy Chester has spent close to 20 years in urban affairs, municipal policy, community engagement, and real estate development. As Rebuild’s Managing Director, Amy is responsible the organization’s day-to- day operations and management in addition to overseeing its fundraising and strategic direction. During her tenure in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration she served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. In this role she was responsible for the public engagement strategy of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s sustainability agenda, which included initiatives such as the Million Trees Campaign, congestion pricing, and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Amy’s other experiences in New York City government have included positions at the New York City Council, where she successfully ensured the inclusion of affordable housing in large-scale neighborhood re-zonings, and at the New York City Housing Authority, where she created development plans to increase the utilization of government owned properties across the city. Outside of government, Amy has also consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations and on many electoral campaigns. At the Freelancers Union, she was responsible for the design and construction of two medical practices. As the lead organizer for Listening to the City, she crafted a democratic process to include community participation in the plans for the World Trade Center site redevelopment. Amy was raised in Brooklyn where she continues to reside.
, 100 Resilient Cities
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerBefore joining 100 Resilient Cities, Corinne LeTourneau worked for over ten years in the government and non-profit sector advancing innovative urban strategies and solutions. Most recently, Corinne served as Director for Policy and Planning for Community Solutions, a national non-profit organization dedicated to working on solving complex problems that impact vulnerable people and communities. She managed government relations, designed and implemented programs, and led the strategic direction of the organization’s community revitalization initiatives. Prior to that, Corinne served as the Director of Special Projects for the New York City Department of Transportation where she worked on operational and policy initiatives, including the development of an agency-wide strategic plan that led to the implementation of several green infrastructure projects. Corinne brings vast experience in urban policy to the 100RC team, specifically in issues related to transportation, infrastructure, homelessness, housing, and neighborhood poverty. Corinne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University.