Jane Gilbert appointed Miami's first Chief Resilience Officer

Published on 31 October 2016

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City Manager Daniel Alfonso has appointed Jane Gilbert as Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Miami in partnership with100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). Ms. Gilbert will work in conjunction with the CROs from City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, Susanne M. Torriente and James F. Murley, respectively to develop the region’s first comprehensive Resilience Strategy Plan. The Strategy will help Greater Miami and the Beaches prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – like affordable housing, homelessness, and unemployment, which are increasingly part of 21st century life. Funding for the CRO position is provided by a grant from 100RC, for at least two years.  
 
“I love Miami for its beauty, diversity, and dynamism.  We are already an amazingly resilient city.  However, the increasing risks facing our City from climate change to global economic shifts to income disparity, call for a new level of collaboration across City departments and jurisdictions, with private sector, nonprofits, and community organizations.  We’re in this together and we’ll need all hands on deck” said Ms. Gilbert.  She started today in her new position.
 
For the last 20 years, Jane Gilbert has created and led initiatives focused on strengthening our Greater Miami through public – private partnerships. Most recently, as a consultant to The Miami Foundation, Ms. Gilbert was the primary coordinator of the successful, unified application by Greater Miami and the Beaches to join 100RC.  She also managed The Miami Foundation’s civic leadership agenda on sea level rise. 
 
Appointing a CRO is an essential element of the City of Miami’s resilience building partnership with 100RC, an organization created by The Rockefeller Foundation to build urban resilience in 100 cities around the world. Greater Miami’s engagement with 100 Resilient Cities formally kicked off in late September 2016 with a “Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop.”
 
The CRO is an innovative feature of 100RC’s resilience building program, specifically designed to break down existing barriers at the local level, account for pre-existing resilience plans, and create partnerships, alliances and financing mechanisms that will address the resilience vulnerabilities of all city residents, with a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations.
 
“Jane joins a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practices and surface innovative thinking,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC. “She will become a global leader in resilience, and will be an asset for Greater Miami and other cities around the world.”
 
Ms. Gilbert will receive personnel and technical support provided by 100RC; and utilize resilience building tools from private, public, academic, and NGO sector organizations that have partnered with 100RC. Greater Miami’s Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented blueprint to build partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable populations.
 
In addition, the City Manager has appointed Stephanie Tashiro, PhD, as its Deputy Chief Resilience Officer.  Dr. Tashiro, working in collaboration with Greater Miami and the Beaches partners, also participated in writing the grant application for 100RC. She is a leader in the City of Miami Emergency Management in the areas of Disaster Planning, Hazard Mitigation, Disaster Recovery and Emergency Management.
 
 
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.