About Us

100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

Examples of these stresses include high unemployment; an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system; endemic violence; or chronic food and water shortages. By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city becomes more able to respond to adverse events, and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations.

Cities in the 100RC network are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience along four main pathways:

  1. Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts
  2. Expert support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy
  3. Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their Resilience Strategies
  4. Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

Through these actions, 100RC aims not only to help individual cities become more resilient, but will facilitate the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual citizens.

100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation is financially supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and managed as a sponsored project by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides governance and operational infrastructure to its sponsored projects.

100RC has staff and offices in New York, London, Mexico City, and Singapore to support the work in cities across regions.

Our History

100 Resilient Cities was created by the Rockefeller Foundation on the foundation’s Centennial in 2013. We began working with our first group of 32 cities in December of 2013. In 2014, we received 330 applications from 94 countries for our second cohort, and we announced the 35 cities of round 2 in December. The third 100 Resilient Cities Challenge closed in November of 2015 and we announced our final group of cities in May 2016.

Members of the 100 Resilient Cities team and a panel of expert judges reviewed over 1,000 applications from prospective cities. The judges looked for innovative mayors, a recent catalyst for change, a history of building partnerships, and an ability to work with a ride range of stakeholders.

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Meet the Team

  • Michael Berkowitz

    Michael Berkowitz

    President
    New York, USA

    Michael Berkowitz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013 to shape and oversee the 100 Resilient Cities. Previously, he worked at Deutsche Bank, most recently as the deputy global head of Operational Risk Management (ORM). In that capacity he oversaw the firm's OR capital planning efforts, served as a primary regulatory contact and connected the myriad operational risk management efforts group-wide.

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  • Bryna Lipper

    Bryna Lipper

    Chief Resilience Advisor and Senior Vice President
    New York, USA

    Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Bryna Lipper held leadership roles in government, non-profit, and private sector organizations dedicated to advancing the quality of urban life. Most recently, she was the Director of Philanthropic Research and Initiatives for the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she led the Department's strategies to spur philanthropic partnerships, promote policy innovation, and increase investments aligned with federal priorities.

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  • Elizabeth Mercer

    Elizabeth Mercer

    COO
    London, UK

    As COO for 100RC, Elizabeth is responsible for driving key strategic initiatives and building effective organizational policies, processes and systems. Prior to 100 Resilient Cities, Elizabeth served as the Deputy COO of Acumen, a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

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  • Andrew Salkin

    Andrew Salkin

    Senior VP, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Andrew Salkin joined 100 Resilient Cities from New York City's Department of Finance, where he was the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, managing more than 800 people and responsible for collecting $30 billion annually through real estate, business, and excise taxes, as well as parking summonses.

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  • Liz Agbor-Tabi

    Liz Agbor-Tabi

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Liz comes to 100RC with an extensive background in public health, policy, planning, and international development. She brings a unique blend of experiences; She worked with vulnerable populations in New York City and helped to implement health programs with national governments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Luis Alvarado

    Luis Alvarado

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Luis joined 100 Resilient Cities after graduating with an MA in European Political & Public Administration studies from the Collège d'Europe in Bruges. During his studies, Luis was a public sector consultant with Accenture, working with the European Centre for Government Transformation (ECGT) and the Municipality of Barcelona on projects related to micro-distribution of services, reduction of emissions and innovation of public and mobility services. Working in accordance with European Union legislation and funds, including Horizon 2020 and the SMEs instrument, he and his team won the Public Service Innovation Award 2015. He currently follows an Executive Education program at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).

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  • Sarah Anderson

    Sarah Anderson

    Operations Associate
    New York, USA

    Sarah brings on-the-ground experience in sales, customer service, operations and facilities management to her current role as 100 Resilient Cities' Operations Associate.

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  • Samer Bagaeen

    Samer Bagaeen

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Samer worked in academia and in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Europe and the Middle East.

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  • Isabel Beltrán

    Isabel Beltrán

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Isabel Beltrán joined 100RC after over 10 years of experience in international development. Prior to 100RC, she worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. - in both the Research Group and the Bank's Development Impact Evaluation Initiative. She contributed to the design and implementation of impact evaluations in Africa and Asia. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she developed extensive expertise in Latin America. As part of the IDB's Young Professionals program Isabel spent one year in Peru working with the IDB's Country Director in the development of the Country Strategy. She also spent four years in the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative of the IDB in Washington D.C. working with local governments to develop multisector sustainable action plans, defining interventions, prioritization processes, and defining possible funding sources. Beltran holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Economics from the Catholic University in Ecuador. She is a native Spanish speaker.

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  • Nicole Bohrer

    Nicole Bohrer

    Associate, Global Communications and Marketing
    New York, USA

    Nicole brings an international development background to her current role on the 100 Resilient Cities communications team. Prior to joining 100RC, Nicole spent 2+ years…

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  • Andrew Brenner

    Andrew Brenner

    Associate Director, Global Communications and Marketing
    New York, USA

    As Associate Director, Global Communications at 100 Resilient Cities, Andrew leads much of the organization's media and strategic communications work.

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  • Jeb Brugmann

    Jeb Brugmann

    Director of Solutions Development and Innovation, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Jeb has 30+ years’ professional experience working with local governments and with the corporate sector in 28 countries. In 1989-1990, he founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. He served as ICLEI Secretary General from 1991-2000, establishing the first international programs on urban greenhouse gas management and the worldwide ‘Local Agenda 21” sustainability planning initiative.

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  • Emilia Carrera

    Emilia Carrera

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Emilia Carrera brings a diverse set of global experiences to 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) which include international sociomedical sciences, biomedical research, and community-based health care.

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  • Gerardo Cervantes

    Gerardo Cervantes

    Head of Global Operations and Systems
    New York, USA

    Gerardo Cervantes has cultivated a deep understanding of and passion for global economic development, entrepreneurship, nonprofit work, advocacy, stakeholder management, and corporate social responsibility. Gerardo has worked directly with more than 20 countries.

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  • Chris Choi

    Chris Choi

    Head of Global Digital Strategy, Global Communications and Marketing
    New York, USA

    Chris oversees global digital strategy for 100 Resilient Cities. Before joining 100RC, Chris managed the paid marketing practice at Blue State Digital, the agency best known for its work on both of President Obama's election campaigns, supervising a team of planners and strategists and overseeing the agency's global media engagements for leading international nonprofits, political candidates and causes, advocacy organizations, and brands, including US Fund for UNICEF, Partners In Health, and Heifer International.

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  • Hannah Clark

    Hannah Clark

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Hannah Clark is an urban planner specializing in community sustainability and resilience planning. Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Hannah was the project manager at the an environmental consulting firm in Cambridge, MA and led the firm's work to establish a district-scale sustainability plan under the EcoDistrict Framework in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge.

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  • Charlotte Couturier

    Charlotte Couturier

    Associate, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Charlotte Couturier joined 100 Resilient Cities City Practice & Management Team shortly after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Development and a minor in Communications Studies.

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  • Kirsten Eiler

    Kirsten Eiler

    Head of Operations and Strategy, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Kirsten joins 100 Resilient Cities after nearly 8 years working for the City of New York. She brings a wealth of experience working with New York City on payment design, implementation, and collection,,operational process improvement, and policy development and program implementation. She most recently worked as a Senior Strategic Planning and Policy Manager at the Department of Buildings where she led initiatives to improve customer service through better use of technology. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Policy and Operations at the Department of Finance where she worked to consolidate the City's payment infrastructure and services. In this capacity, Kirsten developed citywide payment policy and worked to redesign the City's bank account structures and reconciliation procedures to better align with automated payment processing. As a Policy Analyst in the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability she helped develop the City's strategy for accelerating the phase out of home heating oil – reducing particulate emissions in New York City by 65% since 2011. Kirsten started her career as an Urban Fellow at the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Kirsten received a Masters of Science with Merit in Housing and Regeneration from the London School of Economics and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Barnard College in Urban Studies and History.

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  • Nse Esema

    Nse Esema

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Nse Umoh Esema is a Nigerian-American urban planner. She is a Program Manager, City and Practice Management supporting a number of 100RC's African cities, specifically Accra, Paynesville, Durban, Lagos, Enugu, and Capetown, in building resilience.She joined 100 Resilient Cities from the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a center for urban planning and development at MIT. CoLab is focused on building self-determination for communities on the margins (low-income individuals, people of color, and communities on the periphery) and democratizing economies. As Program Director for Community Media Projects, Nse's work at MIT CoLab was focused on leveraging media-based tools and strategies for engaging in urban planning processes that advance these goals.

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  • Harry Fellows

    Harry Fellows

    Associate, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Harry Fellows joined 100 Resilient Cities City & Practice Management Team, having Graduated from The University of Liverpool with a degree in Urban Regeneration and Planning. Born and bred in Bath, UK, Harry is an enthusiast for development and place-making, and is a talented logistical coordinator.Prior to 100 Resilient Cities he had travelled all over South and Central America, learning basic Spanish and immersing himself in the different cultures of the continent. His previous work experience includes charity work for Raleigh International, finding sustainable methods of harvesting water in rural communities of Nicaragua, and environmental management of a national park in southern Costa Rica. In Bath, he interned for BuroHappold, gaining valuable design and project management experience of Urban Development. He has also held hands-on administrative roles and managed the logistical operations of a large International School in South West England. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping active through cycling and running.

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  • Eileen Fitzgerald

    Eileen Fitzgerald

    Executive Assistant, Communications and Knowledge & Impact
    New York, USA

    Eileen joins 100 Resilient Cities having recently provided executive level administrative and sales support in residential property management and the New York City hospitality industry. Eileen will assist the Communications and Knowledge & Impact teams in building new administrative systems and improving coordination between the teams as well as the rest of the organization.Eileen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Pace University.

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  • Leah Flax

    Leah Flax

    Associate Director, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Leah Flax is an urban planner and Associate Director, City Solutions at 100 Resilient Cities. Before joining 100RC she worked as a planner with the U.S. Department of Transportation, at a top-20 international engineering firm, and as an analyst for the City of New York at the Department of Transportation and Taxi & Limousine Commission. Leah brings a passion for understanding urban issues through a resilience lens to 100RC where she leads special projects on tool development and innovation.

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  • Anna Friedman

    Anna Friedman

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Anna Friedman worked for over five years in New York City government, helping to develop and implement innovative economic development and education policies. Most recently, Anna served as an Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

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  • Yael Friedman

    Yael Friedman

    Lead Writer
    New York, USA

    Yael joins 100RC after more than a decade of working as a journalist, covering a broad range of topics including urban planning and design, urban…

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  • Saurabh Gaidhani

    Saurabh Gaidhani

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Saurabh Gaidhani is a Program Manager with 100 Resilient Cities based in Singapore. As part of 100 Resilient Cities, he manages cities in India & South East Asia. He has crafted a multi-disciplinary set of work experiences to examine and solve today's complex urban problems from various perspectives with an emphasis on long-term sustainability, resilience and community living.Saurabh has a background in Urban Planning & Architecture. He has been trained as an Urban Planner from National University of Singapore (NUS) & Architecture from Pune University and is also a registered planner at the Singapore Institute of Planners.

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  • Tanya Gallo

    Tanya Gallo

    Head of Strategy Partner Network, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Tanya Gallo heads the Strategy Partner Network for 100 Resilient Cities, managing our team of consultants partnering with 100RC member cities to develop resilient strategies. She has international experience in urbanism, public space design and programming. Prior to joining 100RC, Tanya was Director of The Station Alliance, a non-profit working in partnership with the MTA to improve subway stations throughout New York City. Before that, Tanya was an independent consultant with HR&A Advisors, Inc. managing urban development projects including the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, overseeing the Post-Sandy resiliency planning process and the community rebuilding plans in hard hit coastal communities across New York City. She also led the management and programming for Lawn on D, an innovative public space in Boston in collaboration with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority contributing to the revitalization of the Waterfront District of South Boston. She received her MSc in Urbanization and Development at the London School of Economics and was a 2008-9 recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, awarded annually to ten city leaders in New York City. Tanya has published articles on public space in Beirut, guest lectured on place-making at Pratt Institute, and is an instructor on public space at Columbia University's Summer Program.

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  • Priya Gandhi

    Priya Gandhi

    Human Resources Manager, Operations
    New York, USA

    Priya joins 100 Resilient Cities with extensive experience in human resources and recruiting. Prior to 100 Resilient Cities, she led the HR and recruiting efforts for the technology team at Tower Research Capital LLC, a quantitative trading firm. Among her responsibilities at Tower, Priya oversaw the global expansion of the technology group, spearheaded on-campus recruiting, and designed an intensive new hire training program.

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  • Hannah Glosser

    Hannah Glosser

    Associate, Solutions Development & Innovation, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Hannah is an Associate on the Solutions, Development & Innovation team. In this role, she focuses on the Equity & Vulnerable Populations, Community Engagement, and…

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  • Femke Gubbels

    Femke Gubbels

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Femke Gubbels is a Program Manager, working with and developing partnerships with cities in Europe and the Middle East.Femke is a distinction level graduate with a MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics, specialising in urban environmental challenges and climate change adaptation. During her BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Sustainable Development at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University, Femke spent time in the Philippines conducting collaborative research on local water management issues.

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  • Liz Guthrie

    Liz Guthrie

    Associate Director, Resilience Practice, Network and Learning
    New York, USA

    Liz Guthrie, ASLA, LEED Green Associate, is the Associate Director of Resilience Practice for 100 Resilient Cities. Liz leads the design, development and delivery of curriculum and training programming for CROs and resilience practitioners.A planner and landscape architect, Liz joined 100RC after recently leading the American Society of Landscape Architects' Professional Practice Programs, where she managed member and partner involvement in the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a national rating system to guide practitioners' land design and development. Prior to her work with ASLA, Liz served as a designer at multidisciplinary firms in San Francisco and Washington DC and pivoted to the training and education space while at the National Building Museum, where she oversaw the institution's outreach programs. She brings an extensive background in public-private partnerships having led Green Spaces for DC's Park Partnerships programs, helping broker relationships between the municipality and local community groups on park infrastructure improvements. Liz has also served on national design and planning juries, including the EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities' National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement and the EPA's Office of Water's Campus Rainworks Challenge.Liz received her master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and her bachelor's degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities program from Haverford College.

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  • Marcus Hagberg

    Marcus Hagberg

    Manager, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Marcus Hagberg joined 100 Resilient Cities after serving as a field-based Project Manager for Educational Development Projects Trust, a U.K. charity which focuses on delivering equitable access to education to marginalized youth at the secondary level in Ghana, West Africa.

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  • Laura Hansen

    Laura Hansen

    Associate, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Laura joined 100 Resilient Cities as an Associate, City Solutions after working in a marketing and fundraising capacity for Schultz & Williams, a fundraising consulting firm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Mari Haraldsson

    Mari Haraldsson

    Manager of Program Design and Development, Knowledge and Impact
    London, UK

    As the Manager of Program Design and Development, Mari is focusing on new program design and standardization of existing processes. This involves analysis of best practices from the Network, deep collaboration across the organization, and leading formal optimization projects. Soon after joining 100 Resilient Cities as an Associate, Mari Haraldsson transitioned to serve as the Special Assistant to the Senior VP of City and Practice Management. In this role she led several special projects for the organization, focusing on internal guidance and coaching on key programmatic developments.Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Mari worked for various organizations focused on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda – analyzing national action plans and monitoring their implementation. As part of her MPA studies in International Policy and Nonprofit Management at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Mari served as a pro-bono consultant for Transparency International and the International Center for Transitional Justice.While pursuing a BA in Social Justice and Leadership, Mari was awarded the NYU Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights and the NYU Gallatin Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors, which gave her two separate opportunities to join Member of Parliament Mu Sochua's team in conducting leadership seminars and capacity building workshops in Phnom Penh, and Battambang, Cambodia for women and youth who sought meaningful involvement with their local governments.Originally from Sweden, Mari is fluent in Swedish and Korean and proficient in Spanish.

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  • Mariane Jang

    Mariane Jang

    Head of Strategy Partner Network
    New York, USA

    Mariane Jang is Head of Strategy Partner Network at 100 Resilient Cities, leading our strategy consultant management and developing our knowledge management approach. She has broad international experience in urban planning and design, policy research and implementation.

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  • Peter Jenkins

    Peter Jenkins

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Peter Jenkins is an interdisciplinary urban policy professional with extensive experience in energy, transportation, and sustainability. Peter joins 100 Resilient Cities after four years with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he most recently managed the agency's Enterprise Risk Management program and led an agency-wide scenario planning workshop and strategic action plan. Previously, Peter served as a Port Authority Leadership Fellow, completing assignments on post-Sandy recovery and resilience, corporate relocation to the World Trade Center, and asset management at Newark Liberty International Airport, as part of the two-year rotational leadership development program. Earlier in his career, Peter worked with the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, where he developed and managed energy efficiency education programs in partnership with Investor-Owned Utilities, K-12 school districts, and universities throughout California.Peter holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Politics and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as Master of International Affairs and Master of Science in Urban Planning degrees from Columbia University. While at Columbia, Peter completed studio projects on community development, eco-regional planning, and livability in Amman, Jordan; Quy Nhon, Vietnam; and Bangalore, India; and supported implementation of New York City's Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and PlaNYC initiatives while interning with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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  • Asma Jhina

    Asma Jhina

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Asma is a public policy and strategic communications professional with vast experience of leading policy across cities as diverse as Amman, Bristol, Islamabad, London, Moscow and New Delhi. Some of her areas of focus have included civil renewal and active citizenship; community cohesion; equality and diversity; health inequalities; security, resilience and counter-terrorism; and transport, amongst others.

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  • Guilherme Johnston

    Guilherme Johnston

    Senior Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Guilherme brings more than 10 years of experience working with local governments and international development. Prior to joining 100RC, Guilherme worked for cities related organizations like Future Cities Catapult in London, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions in Paris, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bonn, Germany. Guilherme has also worked for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Brazil as Programme Manager for the Prosperity Fund, liaising mainly with Brazilian cities and State Governments.

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  • David Kaner

    David Kaner

    Associate, Network and Learning
    New York, USA

    Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, David worked for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in New Delhi, India. While there, he led a report project analyzing the behavior of Commonwealth countries at the UN Human Rights Council, and co-authored a report on the relationship between the Commonwealth Secretariat and civil society.

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  • Konstantina Karydi

    Konstantina Karydi

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    London, UK

    Konstantina Karydi comes to 100RC from the office of Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, where she was the Special Advisor on European Policies and Public Administration.

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  • Sam Kernaghan

    Sam Kernaghan

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Sam is an urban planner with over 15 years' consulting and government experience working in Australia, Asia and the UK. Sam has been fortunate to work on city resilience for the past 10 years including in Sri Lanka post-Asian Tsunami, the NYS 2100 Commission, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, the Asian Development Bank's Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, and supporting the Greater Sydney Commission's resilience planning. Sam joined 100RC from Arup's international development group where he was involved in developing the city resilience framework and index.

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  • Gemma Kyle

    Gemma Kyle

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Gemma is a Program Manager for the City and Practice Management team in Singapore. She has over three years of experience with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA). In this role, she studied gaps between the current state of development and long-term goals, and initiated research to address these gaps. In particular, she collaborated with fellow government agencies and universities to launch a $1 million project to improve the design of pedestrian infrastructure in a tropical environment.Gemma has experience of outreach and engagement through her roles in organizing the World Cities Summit 2014 and the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015. She was also instrumental in creating Urban Lab – an initiative by URA that champions new thinking and practices for sustainable and liveable cities. Through its series of exhibitions, talks, and think-pieces, Gemma has helped to shape the research and planning agenda within URA.Gemma holds a Master's degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Bristol. Originally from the United Kingdom, she has lived in Egypt, France, the Philippines and Switzerland.

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  • Rebecca Laberenne

    Rebecca Laberenne

    Associate Director, City Solutions,Innovation in the Built Environment
    New York, USA

    Rebecca Laberenne is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) with a background in structural and earthquake engineering. She has over 13 years of experience in the design and construction of buildings and bridges as well as in project management and strategic consulting for building and infrastructure projects.

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  • Maria del Carmen Landa

    Maria del Carmen Landa

    Associate, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Maria del Carmen Landa is an urban planner specializing in international development. She is an Associate with the City and Practice Management team supporting 100RC's cities in Latin America and the Caribbean in building resilience.Before joining 100RC, she worked with the public policy programs team at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York, a not-for-profit organization that promotes better understanding and dialogue in the Western Hemisphere, where she designed and implemented a series on challenges faced by urban growth and innovation in cities. During her studies, she worked for the press secretary at the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. supporting communications efforts to improve understanding and cooperation between the U.S and Mexico.

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  • Brittany Lane

    Brittany Lane

    Human Resources Associate
    New York, USA

    Brittany Lane joined 100RC after working as the Communications & Administrative Coordinator for Bolder Giving, a platform that provided philanthropists with skills, knowledge and networks to increase the impact of their giving. Brittany worked closely with leaders in strategic philanthropy, impact investing and corporate social responsibility.

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  • Tessa Lee

    Tessa Lee

    Senior Manager, Knowledge and Impact
    New York, USA

    Tessa Lee brings nearly a decade of non-profit experience in research and strategy development to the Knowledge and Impact team. Throughout her career she has focused on the intersection of environmental and social issues, with a pragmatic approach to solution generation. Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Tessa Lee was a Senior Associate at the Carbon War Room, where she launched programs promoting private sector solutions for low-carbon growth in multiple global industries, including trucking, aviation, mining, and agriculture.

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  • Corinne LeTourneau

    Corinne LeTourneau

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Before 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.

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  • Lina Liakou

    Lina Liakou

    Regional Director, Europe and the Middle East
    London, UK

    Lina Liakou is Regional Director, overseeing 100 Resilient Cities’ work with cities in Europe and the Middle East. She is based in London. Before joining…

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  • Paul Lillehaugen

    Paul Lillehaugen

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Paul Lillehaugen joined 100 Resilient Cities after completing his Masters in Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. During his studies, Paul concentrated on transportation planning, housing, and neighborhood development – he wrote his thesis on the residential land use impacts of Boston's subway extensions in the latter half of the twentieth century.

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  • Horng Dar Lim

    Horng Dar Lim

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Horng Dar is a Corporate Security and Business Continuity (CSBC) professional who has managed critical events and crisis situations in Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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  • Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer

    Chief of Staff
    New York, USA

    As chief of staff, Chris serves as part of the senior management team helping 100RC set, prioritize and follow through on its goals. Prior to joining 100RC, Chris worked with the Rockefeller Family Fund on climate change and income inequality issues. Before that, he served as Vice President for Advocacy at Consumers Union, the policy and action arm of Consumer Reports.

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  • Brett Mons

    Brett Mons

    Manager, Strategy Delivery
    New York, USA

    Brett Mons is the New York City based Manager of the Strategy Delivery Unit at 100 Resilient Cities. Prior to joining 100RC, Brett was Senior Manager of Commercial Recycling Programs for the New York City Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. In this capacity, he led a team in re-writing and promulgating the rules regulating commercial recycling and food waste collection in all five boroughs of NYC. He also developed and directed the program which operationalized those rules, affecting all commercial establishments which are responsible for generating 50% of the city's solid waste.

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  • Helena Monteiro

    Helena Monteiro

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Helena Monteiro brings to 100 Resilient Cities extensive experience with local and regional governments, as well as international cooperation between cities and international organizations.Prior to her work at 100RC, Helena ran the Office of Foreign Affairs for the São Paulo State Government in Brazil, where she was responsible for leading the international relations team of the state, coordinating the strategy with all government departments and their overseas counterparts. Previously at São Paulo State Government, she worked as the International Cooperation Coordinator and for the Metropolitan Development Secretariat.Helena has also experience working at the municipal government, advising the Mayoral team and other secretaries within the city hall regarding international relations, and has developed extensive private sector experience from the Brazil Campus Party, commercializing the event to sponsors and coordinating with key stakeholders.

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  • Braulio Eduardo Morera

    Braulio Eduardo Morera

    Director, Strategy Delivery
    London, UK

    Braulio Eduardo Morera is the Director of Strategy Delivery at 100 Resilient Cities -- pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. He is an urbanist and designer with a background in architecture and social sciences. He trained as architect at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and obtained a MSc in City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at University College London.

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  • Michelle Mueller

    Michelle Mueller

    Associate, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Michelle joined 100 Resilient Cities as a Associate, City Solutions to support Strategy Partner and Strategy across all member cities.

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  • Mina Nabizada

    Mina Nabizada

    Senior Manager, Network Community, Network and Learning
    New York, USA

    Mina Nabizada is Senior Manager of the Network Community on the Network and Learning team at 100 Resilient Cities. Prior to joining 100RC, Mina was Strategic Relationships Manager for the Mayor's Office for International Affairs. In this capacity she designed and directed a program highlighting the synergies between New York City's resilience strategy, OneNYC, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In an effort to advocate for city-to-city collaboration and support, she convened domestic and foreign governments to share best practices on innovative sustainable solutions and secured cross-sector partnerships to drive commitments around issue areas related to resilience and sustainability. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Mina worked as a Research Associate at the Clinton Foundation, where she conducted risk evaluation and management. Mina also worked at the Clinton Global Initiative as a Program Coordinator where she was involved in all facets of program and relationship management.Mina graduated from the State University at Albany in New York with a B.A. in Communications and Political Science and went on to earn her M.A. in International Affairs and Development from The New School. She is of Afghan heritage, as well as a French national, born in Dakar, Senegal and raised in Grenada, the West Indies.

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  • Paul Nelson

    Paul Nelson

    Director, Network and Learning
    New York, USA

    Paul comes to 100 Resilient Cities with more than a decade of capacity building and convening experience working with diverse networks of public, private, and non-profit organizations focused on economic and workforce development in low-income communities.

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  • Samatha Nemana

    Samatha Nemana

    Research Associate, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Samatha joined 100 Resilient Cities' City Solutions Team after completing her Master of Arts in Environmental Ethics at New York University. Prior to joining 100RC, Samatha gained experience in the development world by working at the World Bank, researching gender dynamics in sustainable development. She has also worked as a sustainability intern at the Waldorf-Astoria, and has spent some time researching climate change. Samatha also holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU in Economics and Environmental Studies with a minor in Mathematics.

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  • Maria Pignataro Nielsen

    Maria Pignataro Nielsen

    Director of Human Capital
    New York, USA

    As the Human Resources business partner to our global staff, Maria is helping to build an extraordinary organization that seeks to catalyze a global movement…

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  • Yumi Nishikawa

    Yumi Nishikawa

    Associate, City Solutions
    Singapore

    Yumi Nishikawa has had over three years of experience working in the financial services industry and over two years in the development. Her non-profit experience includes working for the Clinton Global Initiative, Impact Investment Exchange Asia, United Nations Global Compact, and the Rockefeller Foundation. During her time in finance, Yumi worked for Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, and J.P. Morgan in Japan.

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  • Michael Odermatt

    Michael Odermatt

    Deputy Chief of Staff
    New York, USA

    Michael Odermatt is Deputy Chief of Staff of 100 Resilient Cities. He joined 100RC as a Project Associate after working in a strategic research and communications role during the 2013 New York City Mayoral Election cycle.

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  • Dana Omran

    Dana Omran

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Dana joined 100RC after spending over 9 years with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation in various capacities. Dana worked for one of the World Bank Group's flagship publications, the Doing Business report, in Washington DC, where she led the global research team responsible for bench-marking construction and urban planning regulations in 183 countries.

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  • María Ortiz

    María Ortiz

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Maria Ortiz brings to 100 Resilient Cities experience in public education, community outreach, and urban planning from her work in both Mexico and the US.Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Maria worked at the New York City Department of Sanitation at the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability managing city-wide training and recycling programs for electronics, textiles and organic waste. She also worked at the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation in the Sustainability Initiatives Office which created a waste audit and recycling outreach program in Northern Manhattan Parks.

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  • Ana Peñalosa

    Ana Peñalosa

    Head of Communications, Latin America and the Caribbean
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Ana comes to us from Mexico City’s government, where she served as the Communications Director and Advisor for the Ministry of the Environment. She specializes…

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  • Amit Prothi

    Amit Prothi

    Associate Director, Asia Pacific, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Amit is trained in urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture, and has practiced in North America, Asia and Africa on projects and studies funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, US Government, and numerous municipalities and private sector clients. For nearly 20 years, he has led or worked with multidisciplinary teams on thematic areas that relate directly to urban resilience, including environmental planning, urban policy, land use planning, natural resource management, flood management, disaster risk reduction, housing, and community development. Amit has worked in the private sector, including in the role of Manager for Sustainability Planning at AECOM, and in the public sector, as an environmental and land use planner for a regional planning agency in the US. Most recently, as team leader, Amit was responsible for leading a diverse team of hydrologists, wetland specialists, social development experts, environmental specialists and economists to prepare an integrated urban flood management project for ADB loan approval in Haidong City in China.Amit grew up in India before moving to the US for graduate studies. He holds a dual Masters in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. In addition, Amit was a MIT Presidential Fellow and pursued doctoral studies (all but thesis) in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

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  • Nini Purwajati

    Nini Purwajati

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Nini is a Program Manager for City and Practice Management, based in the Singapore office. She is working with our member cities in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Smita Rawoot

    Smita Rawoot

    Associate Director, City Solutions, Service Implementation
    New York, USA

    Smita is an urban planner, architect, and urban designer, and she has worked extensively in the field of planning and design for the past 18 years.

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  • Otis Rolley

    Otis Rolley

    Regional Director, City and Practice Management, North America
    New York, USA

    Otis brings to 100RC an entire career dedicated toward resilience and urban development in the private, non-profit and public sectors. He has worked in housing, community economic development, strategic planning, performance management, municipal administration, urban, regional and transportation planning.

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  • Scott Rosenstein

    Scott Rosenstein

    Head of Research, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Scott was the Director of the Global Health Program at the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy in New York. In that position he worked with government and private sector clients interested in global health policy, emergency resilience, pandemic preparedness, and health infrastructure analysis.

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  • Alex Ryan

    Alex Ryan

    Associate, Strategy Delivery and City Solutions
    London, UK

    Alex joined 100RC in December 2016 as an Associate and splits his time between the Strategy Delivery and City Solutions teams. He will work closely with both units and will be based in the London office at King's Cross.Prior to joining 100RC, Alex worked at AECOM in Manchester, UK, where he was part of the wider Strategic Planning & Advisory division, specialising in transport planning and logistics. Alex worked with a number of clients, including the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, the Government of Latvia, the Welsh Government and a range of local and national authorities within the UK. Key projects included advising on green investment opportunities within the freight market in 6 European and African countries, modelling transport systems and demand in British metropolitan areas and creating the business case for investment in the British rail network. At AECOM, Alex was a member of the AECOM's CSR team and worked with charities both locally and nationally and was responsible for founding partnerships between AECOM and local organisations.

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  • Michael Schwebel

    Michael Schwebel

    Associate Director, Strategy Delivery
    New York, USA

    Dr. Michael Schwebel is the Associate Director of Strategy Delivery at 100 Resilient Cities. He is a geographer, landscape architect, and social scientist with an interdisciplinary environmental background. Before joining 100RC Michael was the Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation specialist at New Jersey Sea Grant, an intrinsic component of the marine extension service for coastal states and territories in the United States, bringing climate change planning skills and strategies to various stakeholders. He is also an affiliated professor with Monmouth University and Rutgers University in New Jersey teaching classes in climate change adaptation, energy use, sustainability, and geography.

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  • Ameneé Siahpush

    Ameneé Siahpush

    Senior Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation, Knowledge and Impact
    New York, USA

    As Senior Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation, Ameneé supports the Knowledge and Impact Team’s efforts to advance understanding of urban resilience challenges and solutions and to evaluate the impact of 100RC’s programs. She brings over 10 years of experience conducting research and leading evaluations to strengthen social impact programs within nonprofit and academic organizations, with a focus on economic and social inclusion. Prior to joining 100RC, she led monitoring and evaluation for Trickle Up, an international nonprofit dedicated to supporting the world’s most vulnerable populations – including refugees, people with disabilities and indigenous groups – to develop economic resilience in the face of extreme poverty. 

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  • Katya Sienkiewicz

    Katya Sienkiewicz

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Before joining 100RC, Katya spent over fifteen years working throughout the world as a Foreign Service Officer for USAID, most recently on disaster risk reduction work in South Asia, diaspora issues with IOM, and refugee returns in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Office of the High Representative.

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  • Alvaro Soldevila

    Alvaro Soldevila

    Senior Manager, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Alvaro Soldevila brings a wealth of international business, non-profit, and environmental experience to 100 Resilient Cities.Alvaro has previously worked as a Project Manager at Suez Environnement, focused on the implementation of water infrastructure projects in Haiti, Algeria and Brazil; as a Policy Consultant for the International Chamber of Commerce in London, where he assisted in policy development for environment and energy reform; and as a Management Consultant for Deloitte Consulting, where he delivered key projects within the Public Sector and Healthcare industry.

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  • Lauren Sorkin

    Lauren Sorkin

    Regional Director, Asia and Pacific
    Singapore

    Lauren Sorkin is a Regional Director, Asia & Pacific for 100 Resilient Cities and is an environment and knowledge management specialist. Lauren spent six years working with the Asian Development Bank promoting climate responsive development in the Asia Pacific region.

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  • Olivia Stinson

    Olivia Stinson

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Olivia was a Recovery Specialist for Planning with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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  • Sharan Thandlam Sudhindra

    Sharan Thandlam Sudhindra

    Associate, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Sharan Thandlam is an Associate for City and Practice Management for the Asia Pacific region. With a background in urban design and architecture, Sharan joined the 100 Resilient Cities after working with ETH Zurich's – Future Cities Laboratory Program where he was primarily involved in comprehensive analysis of urban mega-projects across the world and on urban developmental planning projects in the Asian subcontinent.

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  • Nicola Thomson

    Nicola Thomson

    Head of Global Partner Network, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Nicola Thomson worked as a sustainability advisor and program manager in developing countries. Her technical expertise is in environmental science, public administration and climate change adaptation. Nicola has spent her career facilitating consultation and collaboration between the private sector, government, non-profit organizations and communities. She has led environmental and social impact assessments for major public and private developments. She is a respected independent evaluator of conservation and development grants. She has provided in-house training in sustainable program design and management to a range of sectors.

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  • Sandy Tung

    Sandy Tung

    Manager, City Solutions, Global Delivery for US & Canada
    New York, USA

    Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Sandy Tung managed the sustainable buildings portfolio at Time Equities, a New York based real estate firm. During that time she managed building projects pursuing LEED Certification in the US and Canada, and oversaw energy efficiency retrofit projects for the firm's commercial properties. She was also responsible for monitoring building energy performance and conducting energy savings analyses to assess the quality of efficiency upgrades. She has also worked for several non-profit organizations, including the Global Energy Initiative and Energy Vision. Sandy holds a Master of Science in Physics and a Master of Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.

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  • Elischa Vella

    Elischa Vella

    Executive Assistant, Asia & Pacific
    Singapore

    Elischa Vella has joined 100 Resilient Cities as an Executive Assistant to Lauren Sorkin & Vikram Singh. Elischa is a trained emergency nurse, specializing in disaster response and humanitarian aide work. Elischa served as a coordinating nurse for International SOS on medical repatriations, in flight assistance programs and a nurse educator for chronic illnesses and medical research.

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  • Don Weigel

    Don Weigel

    Manager, Global Communications and Marketing, External Affairs
    New York, USA

    Don Weigel joined 100 Resilient Cities from SKDKnickerbocker where he most recently served as Project Director for Katrina 10: Resilient New Orleans – a month long commemoration marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which showcased the city's recovery and resilience building efforts over the last decade.

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  • Joe Williams

    Joe Williams

    Senior Manager, Grants and Contracts
    New York, USA

    Joe is Senior Manager, Grants and Contracts, at 100RC. Prior to joining, he spent over seven years at the Population Council in various grants administration positions.

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  • Eric Wilson

    Eric Wilson

    Associate Director, City and Practice Management
    New York, USA

    Eric joins 100 Resilient Cities with over 15 years' urban planning experience in the public and social sectors. He has implemented policy and capital projects that have advanced urban resilience in New York City, Detroit and the United Arab Emirates.

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  • Elizabeth Yee

    Elizabeth Yee

    VP, City Solutions
    New York, USA

    Liz is the Vice President of City Solutions, and is also responsible for overseeing the Global Delivery, Operations and Research functions within the City Solutions Team. Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Liz spent 16 years as a public finance banker working with U.S. cities, municipal and state agencies and 501(c)3s to develop and execute financing strategies to fund their infrastructure needs. Her transaction experience includes the financing of roads, water and sewer, solid waste, not-for-profit hospitals, 501c3s, and the development of pension financing solutions.

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  • Maxwell Young

    Maxwell Young

    VP, Global Communications and Marketing
    New York, USA

    Maxwell Young leads the Global Communications and Marketing team at 100 Resilient Cities, overseeing staff and consultants in four regional offices. His work includes managing reputational risk; training staff and Chief Resilience Officers in communicating resilience; and ensuring 100RC is featured in newspapers, television stations, and digital media properties across the globe. He ran the 100RC Challenge process, through which 100RC's member cities were selected. He joined 100RC from Senator Charles E. Schumer's office, where he served as the Deputy State Director and Director of Communications in New York. In that role, Max served as chief spokesman, overseeing digital and traditional communications. He also served as a senior advisor on legislative and political strategy, helping to craft and pass legislation - including the $60B Superstorm Sandy relief bill. Before returning to New York, Max worked for Senate Democratic Caucus, serving as Deputy Communications Director and Director of Regional Media. There he advised Senate leaders on policy, communications, and political issues, and served as a consultant to the regional press operations of Senators around the country. Max was born and raised in New York City. He is an avid hiker, cyclist and reader, and holds a BA from Dartmouth College.

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  • Vittoria Zanuso

    Vittoria Zanuso

    Manager, Network and Learning
    New York, USA

    Vittoria Zanuso joined 100 Resilient Cities' Network team after graduating from NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with an MPA in International Policy and Management. Originally from Milan, Italy, Vittoria holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Queen Mary University of London, where her work culminated in a First Class Honor Thesis on the role of interest group politics and policy framing in shaping EU chemicals policy regulation.

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  • Eugene Zapata-Garesché

    Eugene Zapata-Garesché

    Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

    Eugene Zapata is Regional Director, City and Practice Management, overseeing 100RC's work with cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining 100RC, Eugene was International Advisor to the Mayor of Mexico City. In this capacity he headed the AL-LAs project, a Europe-Latin America network of cities working to professionalize their international affairs. He was also Latin American Regional Director for the World Fund for City Development (FMDV in French) as well as North American Secretary of METROPOLIS, the world association of the largest cities.

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  • Alan Zhuang

    Alan Zhuang

    Program Manager, City and Practice Management
    Singapore

    Alan joined 100 Resilient Cities' City and Practice Management Team as an associate after graduating from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with a Master in Urban Planning. He has extensive experience in several city agencies in New York City, including internships during which he did spatial analysis on city-wide programs and developed interactive data visualization tools for E-governments.

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