Boston’s Resilience Journey

The city of Boston released its Resilience Strategy on July 13, 2017. Explore the strategy here.

Boston’s Resilience Story

Boston is an important cultural and economic center rich with United States history. While much of the city has prospered, certain neighborhoods, especially minority communities, have been left behind. Lack of affordable housing, fewer educational opportunities, and less preparation for good jobs threaten to divide the city further along racial and economic lines. The city has launched new programs to increase access to jobs, including training and related services, in order to help disadvantaged communities move into growing industries and promote equity throughout the city.

Boston’s response to the Marathon bombing in 2013 demonstrated a well-integrated emergency response system. However, officials recognize the need for greater integration across city systems. In addition, Boston needs to develop plans to respond to flooding and the impacts of sea level rise. Several essential civic and transportation hubs, including Logan International Airport, are located in flood-sensitive zones.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Blizzard
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Cyber Attack
  • Economic Inequality
  • Ethnic Inequality
  • Extreme Heat
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms
  • Storm Surge
  • Structural Racism
  • Terrorist Attack

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Boston's CRO

Lori Nelson is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston.

Nelson previously served as the Director of Communications and Constituency Services for the City of Boston’s Housing Authority. She commits time to community work, serving on the Advisory Council for the Barbara Lee Foundation and chairing the Political Action Committee for the Black Ministerial Alliance since 2013 where she was appointed to the executive leadership team in 2017. She also served in leadership as the first Vice President of the NAACP Boston branch from January 2017 through April 2018 and now continues her advocacy as a member within the branch.

Before joining the City of Boston’s Housing Authority, Nelson was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the MBTA. Prior to joining the MBTA, she worked for Governor Deval Patrick as the Deputy Director of Community Affairs and Special Projects, where she served as a liaison on community related affairs, particularly concerning youth, ethnic groups and coalitions across the Commonwealth, faith-based initiatives, and worked with Public Safety and Health and Human Services on youth violence reduction. Nelson specializes in coalition and partnership building, as well as political strategy in urban areas.

Nelson studied English Literature and African American Studies at Northeastern University.

Snapshot of Boston

  • 646,000

    ESTIMATED POPULATION AS OF 2013

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  • Blizzard
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  • Cyber Attack
  • Economic Inequality
  • Ethnic Inequality
  • Extreme Heat
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms
  • Storm Surge
  • Structural Racism
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