Webinar: Leadership in Community Resilience

Jul 13,2017 1:15PM
Meet the Panel

Lauren Withycombe Keeler will moderate the webinar. Dr. Keeler is a visiting assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and founding member of the Center for the Study of the Future and the Risk Innovation Lab. She is trained in sustainability science and in her research and teaching she explores the future impacts of social and technological innovation on sustainability goals.  She has worked in the United States and Germany with universities, businesses, and governments utilizing participatory scenario construction, visioning and sustainability assessment to explore issues of sustainability and responsible innovation with a focus on cities, water systems, and human health and well-being.

Shafaq Choudry oversees the Leadership in Community Resilience program at National League of Cities, where she provides technical assistance to local officials, city staff and community partners across 10 cities. The program is shaped to support and elevate cities economic, environmental, and social resiliency initiatives as they prepare, adapt and respond to climate change. 

Braden Kay is the Sustainability Manager for the city of Tempe and a Senior Sustainability Fellow in ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Dr. Kay was recently the Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Orlando, where he led sustainability implementation in waste diversion, urban forestry, and urban agriculture programs.

Cooper Martin is the Program Director for the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities. The SCI program provides information, tools, and guidance to strengthen communities and enable them to thrive while facing the challenges presented by a changing climate and uncertain global economy. His areas of expertise include climate resilience, community development, transportation, environmental economics, and emergency management.


The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. Recent high profile programs, such as the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition initiated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Communities, have helped define and advance this resilience framework for local government. 

In 2016, National League of Cities launched the Leadership in Community Resilience program to help elected officials, city staff, and community partners share their experiences and advance local resilience efforts. The initiative provides technical assistance and professional development opportunities for 10 cities by supporting local resilience initiatives that have been prioritized by each city.

This webinar, hosted by Arizona State University and NLC, will spotlight the city of Tempe and share their process for planning, building engagement, and implementing resilience initiatives with limited resources.

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