2014 Climate Change Symposium - Speakers

Introductory Remarks
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research

Maria T. Zuber is the Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a faculty member since 1995 and served as the Head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences from 2003-2011. Dr. Zuber completed her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her Sc.M. and Ph.D. at Brown University. Zuber’s research bridges planetary geophysics and the technology of space-based laser and radio systems, and she has published over 230 papers. Since 1990, she has held leadership roles associated with scientific experiments or instrumentation on nine NASA missions; at present, she remains involved with six of these missions. Zuber is principal investigator for NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, an effort to map the Moon’s gravitational field, begun in 2008. Dr. Zuber has won numerous awards including the MIT James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, the Explorers Club Buzz Aldrin Quadrennial Space Exploration Award, NASA’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Medal, Distinguished Public Service Medal and Outstanding Public Leadership Medal, as well as the American Geophysical Union Harry H. Hess Medal, the Geological Society of America G. K. Gilbert Award and the American Astronautical Society/Planetary Society Carl Sagan Memorial Award. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society, and is a fellow for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society and the American Geophysical Union. Discover Magazine named her one of the 50 most important women in science in 2002 and, in 2008, she was named to the USNews/Harvard Kennedy School List of America’s Best Leaders. In 2013, President Obama appointed Professor Zuber to the National Science Board.

MIT Sea Grant

Professor Chryssostomidis was appointed director of the MIT Sea Grant College Program in 1982 and established the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Lab in 1989 to develop technology and systems for advanced autonomous surface and underwater vehicles. In 2003, with MIT Sea Grant staff, he created the Sea Perch Program, funded by the Office of Naval Research. The Sea Perch program trains educators across the United States and around the world to build a simple, remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, made from PVC pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials. His over 100 publications display his wide range of interests including design methodology for ships, vortex-induced response of flexible cylinders, underwater vehicle design, design issues in advanced shipbuilding including the all electric ship and T-Craft.

MIT Sea Grant
Advisory Leader

Judith Pederson, Ph.D., addresses in research and committee service ways to prevent and manage marine invasive species, promote stewardship of vulnerable habitats, curb pollution and support clean water. Coastal resources, ballast water discharge, and ecosystem-based management in the Gulf of Maine region are highlighted in Pederson's research portfolio; she is the author of numerous scientific articles and public interest publications. Dr. Pederson serves as Advisory Leader for the MIT Sea Grant College Program.

The City of Boston
Commissioner of the Environment Department

Nancy Girard is Commissioner of the City of Boston’s Environment Department and has an extensive background in environmental and energy law and policy, land planning, legislative policy and collaboration. She takes an interdisciplinary and proactive approach to public policy issues and works to build consensus and achieve positive environmental results for individuals and communities. Previously, she was the Director of the Multi-State Working Group, Inc. and Vice-President and Director of the New Hampshire Conservation Law Foundation Advocacy Center. Admitted to both the New York State Bar Association and New Hampshire State Bar Association, Nancy holds a MA-JD from the University of Denver, Sturms College of Law and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Her BA is from Amherst College. In her volunteer life, she spent 23 years on her community’s Planning Board, is a board member and President of the Concord Cooperative Food Market and volunteers as an attorney for the New Hampshire Domestic Violence Emergency Project.

Plenary Speaker
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
Director and Fredrick S. Pardee Professor of Earth and Environment

Prof. Anthony Janetos joined Boston University in May 2013 as Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and Professor of Earth and Environment. Previously, Prof. Janetos served as Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland, where for six years he oversaw an interdisciplinary team of natural scientists, engineers and social scientists committed to understanding the problems of global climate change and their potential solutions. Prof. Janetos has devoted his career to high-impact global change science and policy, earning international recognition for his scholarship and holding executive leadership positions at institutions including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, World Resources Institute, and the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. He has written and spoken widely on the need to understand the scientific, environmental, economic, and policy linkages among the major global environmental issues, and he has served on several national and international study teams, including working as a co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. In addition to his research interests in the interaction of land systems with human needs and climate change, he has been an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Lead Author and Coordinating Lead Author, and has served on multiple National Research Council Committees and Boards. Prof. Janetos has testified before Congress many times on issues ranging from the use of space observations to understand Earth processes, on impacts of climate change on the U.S., and on the implications of climate change for development pathways and vulnerability. He chairs numerous advisory committees for research related to environmental decision-making, and has published in both natural science and social science venues. His priorities for the Pardee Center are to foster the integration of natural and social sciences, so that it can continue its long tradition of “interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, and future-oriented research that contributes to long-term improvements in the human condition.” Prof. Janetos received his A.B. in Biology from Harvard University and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Biology from Princeton University.

Session Speakers
MIT Energy Initiative

Robert C. Armstrong, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973 and served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials and energy. In 2008, Armstrong was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. Armstrong has received the Warren K. Lewis Award and the Professional Progress Award in 1992, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter.

City of Boston
Chief of Economic Development

Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed John Barros Chief of Economic Development in February 2014. Before his appointment John served 13 years as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) where he lead a successful neighborhood revitalization effort and the largest urban community land trust in the country, which was founded as a community wealth creation strategy including permanent affordable housing. Prior to DSNI, John worked at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, as an Executive Liability underwriter, providing insurance for initial public offerings for dot-com startups, including Priceline.com. John received his BA from Dartmouth College, where he studied Economics and African/African-American Studies. He is a candidate for a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts University. John has been a member of the Boston School Committee, the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change, and Co-Chairperson of the Center for Community Builders. John is a member of the 2005 Fellows class in the South African-United States Center for Leadership and Public Values in 2007 was named a Barr Foundation Fellow.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitute
Scientist Emeritus WHOI
1 508 289 2536

Robert Beardsley switched from undergraduate training in nuclear physics at MIT to physical oceanography and completed his PhD in 1968. He then joined the MIT faculty and stayed until 1975 when he moved to WHOI to become more involved with fieldwork. His research at WHOI has focused on understanding basic physical processes in the coastal ocean and marginal seas (especially tidal, wind- and buoyancy-driven currents and stratification variability), first starting with the New England shelf and Gulf of Maine, and then expanding to other U.S. and oversea areas. In the late 1980’s, Beardsley became interested in how physical processes can influence biological patterns and processes. He participated in two GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics) programs, the Northwest Atlantic/Georges Bank project (field work: 1994-1999) and the Southern Ocean project (field work: 2001-2003). He began a close and long-term collaboration with Changsheng Chen (then at U. Georgia, now at UMass-Dartmouth) with his modeling component in Georges Bank GLOBEC, and later helped him with the development of the FVCOM development and applications. This includes the development of the Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System (NECOFS) in 2007 as part of the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), and then using NECOFS to predict coastal inundation. Present sites include Scituate and Boston (MA) and Hampton (NH). FVCOM was also used to hindcast coastal inundation due to the March 11, 2011 Tohoku M9.0 earthquake-induced tsunami.

Program Manager
(617) 574-1400

Mike Benedetto is Vice President and Regional Executive at Skanska, one of the nation’s largest providers of comprehensive project planning, development and construction services, and a developer of public-private partnerships. In New England, he leads the strategic growth of Skanska’s consulting and program management services group, which is active in both the private and public sectors and serves clients in key markets, including healthcare, bio-pharmaceutical, manufacturing, energy and biofuels, education, and advanced technology. The group focuses on early phase planning; in particular bridging between preliminary strategies and the creation of business specific development plans. A primary objective is to concentrate on delivery strategies which identify, protect, and enhance those core business drivers which ensure enterprise continuity. These plans are developed through rigorous comparative analysis, financial modeling, and the identification of competitive advantages. The group supports Skanska core values as a leader in sustainability practices including smart, efficient, utilization of resources and strives to make a positive contribution to the built environment, its inhabitants, and society as a whole. The team looks beyond purely economic factors in the delivery of capital projects as Skanska looks to maximize the potential of each project to improve the quality of life at the community and regional level. Mike is also involved with projects that address global issues of resource and food shortages; and is currently technical advisor to the Boston Climate Action Plan team. Prior to his current role, Mr. Benedetto was an executive for Science and Technology clients at Skanska, with responsibilities that included program management, project planning, construction management, and engineering and consulting services. Mike’s education background is both in Chemical Engineering and Construction Management.

City of Cambridge
Environmental Planner

John Bolduc is an environmental planner with the City of Cambridge Community Development Department where he coordinates climate change initiatives. Currently, John is the project manager for the Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Preparedness Plan project; works with the Climate Protection Action Committee, an advisory group to the City Manager, to develop recommendations for new policies and actions; reviews development proposals for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance’s green building requirements; and participates in a range of municipal sustainability efforts. John has been with the City of Cambridge since 1997 and has 29 years of experience in municipal environmental protection. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in 1980 and a Master of Arts from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy in 1986.

The Woods Hole Group
Team Leader/ Costal Engineer
(508) 540-8080

Kirk Bosma, PE, is a Senior Coastal Engineer and Team Leader of the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group. His recent focus has been on habitat restoration, shoreline protection, and climate change planning projects for a diverse client base. He specializes in applying numerical models to optimize engineering designs and reduce overall project life cycle costs. He also applies the latest data and numerical methods toward capturing current and future flooding risk for climate change vulnerability assessments.

City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Environmental Planner and Sustainability Coordinator
(603) 610-7216

Peter Britz is the Environmental Planner/Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Portsmouth, where he works on environmental planning and permitting and coordinates the City’s sustainability efforts as an ecomunicipality. He serves on the City’s Technical Advisory Committee and provides staff support to the Conservation Commission and the Committee on Sustainable Practices. Most recently he has completed the Coastal Resilience Initiative, a project that created maps of areas vulnerable to sea level rise, looked at adaptation strategies for climate change and developed recommendations which will be incorporated into City’s master plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan.

MIT Sea Grant
Assistant Director for Research

Stefano Brizzolara is Assistant Director for Research at MIT Sea Grant. The expert naval architect and renowned ship designer was the Visiting Peabody Associate Professor at MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department for 2012, during which time he also worked with MIT Sea Grant under Office of Naval Research sponsorship. Brizzolara brings special expertise and valuable experience in the innovative use of computational fluid dynamics, which optimally compliment the strategic goals of MIT Sea Grant. One of Brizzolara's ONR/MIT Sea Grant projects includes the development of a new generation of autonomous surface vehicles with an innovative hull providing superior hydrodynamic performance at sea to serve as the key element in a network of autonomous underwater vehicles for persistent sensing of large ocean areas. Brizzolara is the author of more than 70 scientific papers, presented at international conferences and journals.

The Baldwin Group at NOAA Coastal Services Center
Remote Sensing Analyst
(808) 227-2908

Jamie Carter is a remote sensing analyst with NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. He has a master’s degree from Oregon State University, and has worked with the Center for 10 years. He currently works with agencies and organizations in the Northeast and Pacific Islands to acquire and apply lidar for topographic mapping and inundation modeling. He’s here today to present a new geospatial product from the Coastal Services Center: NOAA’s Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dr. Chen is currently professor at School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and adjunct Scientist at Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He received his Ph.D. in the field of physical oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 1992. Dr. Chen is leader of the Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling Research Laboratory, School for Marine Science and Technology, UMASS, with research interests in modeling and observational exploration of ocean circulation, oceanic frontal processes, and biological/physical interaction. Collaborated with R. C. Beardsley, Dr. Chen and his co-workers have developed an innovative unstructured grid, Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM). This model is widely used by ocean communities with applications to academic research and coastal environmental managements. His recent research is focused on global-basin-shelf-estuarine multi-scale modeling, ocean-ice interactions in the Arctic, biological-physical interaction processes, tsunamis, and coastal inundations.

NOAA Office of Coastal Resource Management
Acting Director

Margaret Davidson has been an active participant in coastal resource management issues since 1978, when she earned her juris doctorate in natural resources law from Louisiana State University. She later earned a master’s degree in marine policy and resource economics from the University of Rhode Island. Davidson served as special counsel and assistant attorney general for the Louisiana Department of Justice and later as the executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. She joined NOAA as the founding director of the NOAA Coastal Services Center in 1995. Davidson also served as the acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service from 2000 to 2002. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Charleston. Davidson has served on numerous local, state, and federal committees and provided leadership for national professional societies. She has focused her professional work on environmentally sustainable coastal development practices and the reduction of risk associated with extreme events and climate. In April 2012, Davidson was appointed acting director of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). In this position, Davidson will play a leading role as OCRM and the Coastal Services Center join forces to bring effective products and services to constituents and coastal communitiesAmong her recent professional awards: Fulbright Fellowship, American Meterological Society Fellow, Gilbert White Fellow, and Zurich Fellow for Climate Adaptation.

City of Chelsea
Director of Planning & Development

John DePriest, AICP, is the Director of Planning and Development and the Conservation Agent for the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts. Prior to being hired by the City in 1994, he worked in a small land use planning firm in Boston. He is the chair of the Community Development Board in Medford where he currently resides. He holds a BA in Regional and Urban Planning from Boston State College and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution
Associate Scientist with Tenure
508 289 2994

Dr. Donnelly is a tenured Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Insititution in the Geology and Geophysics Department and an Adjunct Professor of Geological Sciences at Brown University. The overarching goal of his research program is to understand how climate variability changes tropical cyclone activity, alters sea levels, and affects water availability. In addition, he seeks to understand the impact of changing climate on terrestrial and coastal landforms and ecosystems. Storms, sea-level fluctuations, and changing freshwater inputs play key roles in driving changes in many coastal systems, yet very little is known about how these environments respond to the complex interactions of these forcing mechanisms. Dr. Donnelly’s work is providing a process-based understanding of how and why past environmental changes have occurred provides a framework for projecting future changes. Dr. Donnelly has an undergraduate degree in Earth Science from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree focused on coastal and watershed systems from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University. He lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Northeastern University
Professor of Public and Urban Policy

Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. In 2012 she published a three-volume set of books, Urban Sustainability (Routledge). Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. She is working on a new book on eco-districts and innovation titled Greenovation. In addition, she has started the Building Resilient Boston Partnership as a project of the School’s Resilient Cities Lab. The project brings together faculty from three colleges to develop metrics for assessing urban resilience. The team is developing a Resilience Report Card for the metropolitan Boston area and the Commonwealth and will work with researchers in other parts of the country to adapt it to different geographies. Fitzgerald has published numerous articles in academic journals and the policy and ideas journal, The American Prospect. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on urban sustainability and climate change.

Chief, Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch
617-832-4780; cell: 617-529-8384

Ivy has over 14 years of experience with FEMA in Mitigation, seven of those years as the Chief of the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch. Her experience also includes grants, planning, and disaster recovery. Prior to this position she worked for the City of Portland, Oregon, as the Manager of the Stormwater Infrastructure and Watershed Planning Division. In this position she accomplished several watershed plans, stream and wetland restoration projects in urban and rural communities. Ivy has responded to numerous disasters included most recently Hurricane Sandy in Rhode Island and for Long Term Community Recovery for Hurricane Ike in Texas and Hurricane Katrina to assist the City of New Orleans in 2005. Ivy earned her passion for floodplains from growing up on the south shore of Long Island NY, living and playing in them, to more recently, managing floodplain restoration projects on both coasts. She also earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Planning and her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking.

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research Affiliate

Dr. Travis Franck strives to help decision makers tackle complex issues including community resiliency, climate mitigation and adaptation, and energy system transformation. Currently he is leading Climate Interactive's efforts to apply interactive decision support tools to understand how climate change and natural disasters impact people's livelihoods. He has published on the impact of hurricanes and sea-level rise on coastal communities development and the the economics of climate stabilization, and the long-term prospects of international climate cooperation. Climate Interactive’s real-time climate, energy and disaster simulators are used to better understand the problems and find high-leverage points of intervention. These easy-to-use, tangible, scientifically-grounded tools help people see for themselves what options exist today, to create the future they want to see.

University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor
(510) 643-0618

Kristina is an Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently focused on developing proposals for urban adaptation to climate change in the San Francisco Bay area. She co-edited and authored the book Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning (Island Press, 2002), and has published numerous book chapters and articles in scientific and professional journals. Hill lectures internationally on ecology and design, and is currently working on a book about urban adaptation to sea level rise and flooding for Springer Publishers. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, and as a Fulbright Scholar. Her research and consulting work has been funded by the US National Science Foundation and clients in the US and abroad. Her most recent professional project was the Water Management Strategy for Greater New Orleans, where she advised a team of designers and engineers on water-based site and system design. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a Doctor of Philosophy in landscape architecture, with a minor in ecology, from Harvard University.

National Grid
SVP Network Strategy

Marie Jordan is the Senior Vice President, Network Strategy for National Grid. Marie develops the overall strategy for National Grid’s gas and electric assets, the investment portfolio, and the performance of US infrastructure and engineering associated with capital projects for transmission and distribution systems. This strategy is managed with an eye to environmental stewardship, both employee & public safety, and creating the next generation of infrastructure. Marie also serves as on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. Prior to her current role, Marie led more than 500 National Grid personnel across the New England and upstate New York areas, supporting the electric engineering and daily operations of transmission, distribution systems, substations, and emergency restoration response. Before National Grid, Marie was a Senior Director of Technical Services and a Senior Director of Asset Strategy and Planning for Pacific Gas & Electric. Her education background is both in Electrical Engineering and Business Accounting.

Union of Concerned Scientists
President (in May 2014)

UCS President Ken Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He joined UCS in May 2014, after serving as for three years as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), an agency with a $100 million budget and 800 employees, including a large staff of scientists and engineers. During his tenure at MassDEP, Mr. Kimmell oversaw all aspects of the agency, including policy development, strategic planning, budget, and management. As commissioner, he also served as chairman of the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), helping to prod the nine member states to reduce power plant carbon emissions by almost 50 percent through 2020, avoiding some 90 million tons of emissions in the region. Prior to his role as Mass DEP commissioner, Mr. Kimmell worked as general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration, working on major legislative initiatives ranging from global warming and ocean protection to the siting of wind farms. Mr. Kimmell decided to focus his legal work on environmental issues after clerking for the U.S. District Court in San Francisco where he assisted a judge in a case involving the health effects of Agent Orange. He then moved back to the East Coast where, for nearly 17 years he served as the director and senior attorney at a Boston-based law firm specializing in environmental, energy and land use issues. Originally from New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University and his law degree at UCLA.

Columbia University
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Patrick Kinney is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and directs the Columbia Climate and Health Program. He has a broad background in air pollution and health, with specific expertise in exposure assessment, health effects and interactions with climate change. He has led epidemiologic research on health effects of chronic and acute exposures to ozone and other air pollutants. He pioneered research on community impacts of traffic emissions in New York City. He directs ongoing research on indoor and outdoor air quality and health in Africa, including a randomized stove trial in Ghana. The Columbia Climate and Health Program fosters research and teaching on the scientific and health dimensions of climate change. In ongoing work, he is examining past, present and future health impacts of temperature and air pollution under a range of emission and climate change scenarios.

RPS ASA Applied Science Associates, Inc.
Director of Coastal Hazard Assessment Services
401 789-6224

Ms. Knee has been with RPS ASA for ten years. She holds an M.S in Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University and has specialized in coastal flooding and inundation issues for more than 12 years. Since joining RPS ASA in 2004, Ms. Knee has continued her work in the technical implementation coastal hazard studies and has performed numerous climate change related projects for both engineering and educational purposes. She has performed coastal risk assessments, including sea level rise, storm surge, wave, seiche, rainfall, and tsunami effects, for many major industrial facilities including nuclear power stations, LNG plants, and onshore coastal wind farms. She has performed inundation studies for Manhattan, Miami, Washington DC, Boston, Providence, Woods Hole, and North Carolina for clients such as the National Environmental Trust, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Boston Globe, NOAA Sea Grant, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Vanity Fair magazine. Her visualizations of sea level rise and surge flooding have gained national attention through outlets such as CNN, the History Channel, and the Boston Globe. She conceptualized, designed, and implemented a number of educational tools, currently on display at the Boston Museum of Science and the North Carolina Museum of Science, to raise awareness of climate change impacts. Prior to joining ASA in 2004, she conducted an economic assessment of the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge flooding in metro Boston and used a Fulbright Fellowship to study the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge flooding in the country of Mauritius.

Zones Urbaines Sensibles
Co-Founder/Director (together with Elma van Boxel)
+3110 2339409

Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman studied landscape architecture at IAH Larenstein, architecture and urbanism, AVBR (van Boxel) and philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Koreman). They founded ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] in 2001, where they work on solicited and unsolicited designs and research studies in the field of architecture, urbanism and landscape design. Realized projects include the landscape design of the Dutch Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Central Park on the World Expo, the Printemps park at Grand Bigard Brussels and the exhibition pavilion Spiegelzee on the Dutch coast. Large-scale urban plans, such as Almere Duin, are under construction. A typical result of their proactive working method is the Test Site Rotterdam. Currently, they are working together with MIT and Urbanisten on the Rebuild by Design Project in the U.S. Van Boxel and Koreman were curators for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City’ and selected as Lab Members for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York. Critical research results in books and articles such as ‘Laboratory Rotterdam: Decode Space’ (AIR publishers 2007) and ‘Re-public’ (NAi Publishers 2007). Both founders teach and lecture at universities world wide. The duo received the ‘Maaskant Prize for Young Architects 2007’. They were awarded ‘Architects of the Year 2012’, nominated for the AM-NAi-prize, second for the Gouden Piramide 2013 and awarded with the ‘Berlin Urban Intervention Award 2013’ and ‘Public Architecture Prize Rotterdam 2013’.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Executive Director

Since June of 2001, Frederick A. Laskey has served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which provides the wholesale water and sewer transport and treatment services for 2.5 million people in 61 communities in eastern and central Massachusetts. Mr. Laskey oversees a staff of 1,200 employees working to improve the day-to-day operations of metropolitan Boston’s regional water and sewer services. During his tenure, has overseen $2 billion of capital construction projects to finish the clean-up of Boston Harbor, along with the Charles, Mystic and Neponset Rivers, as well as the complete modernization of the drinking water system to meet the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, including the addition of 200 million gallons of covered storage.
Mr. Laskey is the Chairman of the Water Supply Protection Trust, created in 2004 to ensure the protection of the 240,000 acres of watershed land in four watersheds surrounding MWRA’s source waters. He also serves as president of the Fore River Railroad, the MWRA’s short line railroad that services the agency’s pelletization plant as well as other customers in the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. Before joining MWRA, Mr. Laskey served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue from 1999 to 2001. He served as Secretary of Administration and Finance from 1998 to 1999. Mr. Laskey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Director, Insurance Program
(617) 247-0700

Cynthia McHale is the Director of Ceres Insurance Program. She brings over twenty years of sector expertise working with many of the leading North American and European insurers, re-insurers and industry brokers. In her current role, Cynthia is leading a campaign to promote the insurance industry’s understanding and leadership on climate risks and opportunities. As risk managers, risk carriers and major institutional investors, insurers have a vital interest, and play an important role in fostering society’s response to global warming. Stronger insurance industry leadership on climate change issues will strengthen and accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean energy future while helping to build a resilient and sustainable society. Before joining Ceres, Cynthia managed Accenture’s Global Insurance Industry Program. Cynthia oversaw development, management and execution of the growth strategy for the global practice. Prior to this, as a strategy management consultant at Accenture, Cynthia worked directly with sector leaders to identify new opportunities for achieving profitable growth in a highly dynamic and competitive environment for risk reduction and transfer. She began her career as a casualty underwriter at GenRe, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Cynthia’s other professional experience includes implementation of a micro-insurance program in East Africa and administration of a social responsibility code of conduct for U.S corporations with business operations in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Management from Hult International Business School.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Sustainiblity Coordinator

Steven Miller oversees the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division’s Environmental Management System and Sustainability efforts. He is also the Project Manager for the MassDOT-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options of the Central Artery. With this project, MassDOT is taking proactive steps to determine the Central Artery’s vulnerabilities to flood events. The adaptive capacity of the tunnel system will be assessed, plans will be prepared to mitigate or prevent flood damage, and a emergency storm response plan will be created that details standards and procedures for deployment of adaptation equipment and Central Artery Closure. Impacts to traffic patterns and evacuation routes will also be considered. MassDOT is working closely with its stakeholder group and with its Technical Advisory Committee to ensure project transparency, and technical accuracy of hydrodynamic modeling input, sea level rise projections, and storm climatology information. The MassDOT project is 1 of 19
selected nationally to be a part of the FHWA 2013-2014 Climate Change Resilience Pilot Program.

Industrial Economics Inc.

Mr. Neumann specializes in the economics of climate change and air pollution regulation. He is coeditor, with Robert Mendelsohn, of The Impact of Climate Change on the United States Economy (Cambridge University Press, 1999), an integrated analysis of economic welfare impacts in the agriculture, water resources, forestry, coastal structures, commercial and residential energy use, recreation, and commercial fishing sectors; coeditor of Looking Beyond the Horizon: How Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Responses Will Reshape Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (World Bank, 2013); and numerous journal articles on climate change impacts and adaptation. He specializes in the economics of climate change adaptation and, within that area, analysis of the impacts of sea-level rise. In recognition of this expertise he was named a Lead Author for the IPCC Working Group II chapter on the Economics of Adaptation, and a lead author for the coastal chapter of the soon-to-be-released National Climate Assessment. His recent work includes applying risk management approaches to characterizing the drought risk reduction benefits of GHG mitigation strategies, and development of new GIS-based approaches to estimate the joint impacts of SLR and storm surge in coastal areas.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Global Warming Solutions Manager
(617) 626-1024

Aisling O’Shea has more than twenty years experience in the environmental field working primarily with the public sector on climate change, environmental impact assessment, sustainable development and natural resource management. She currently serves as Global Warming Solutions Manager for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) where her work focuses on evaluation of the Commonwealth’s progress in implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). Ms. O’Shea played a lead role in the development of EEA’s Clean Energy and Climate Performance Management System, a database and reporting tool that tracks progress in policy implementation and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. She works with agency staff and stakeholders to enhance public communications and transparency on how the Commonwealth is progressing towards its 2020 climate change mitigation goals. Ms. O’Shea obtained a Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Environmental Resource Management at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Massachusetts State Senate
Senator from Taunton

With more than three decades of leadership experience at the international, national, state, and local level, Massachusetts State Senator Marc R. Pacheco has made a lifetime commitment to public service. As founding Chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and Vice-Chairman to the Joint Committee on Public Health, Senator Pacheco has been a strong supporter of efforts that address climate change, protect the environment, boost the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy, and promote public health. Senator Pacheco was appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1995-2000. He also has been appointed to serve on the Massachusetts District Export Council by U.S. Secretaries of Commerce serving the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations. Senator Pacheco currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference’s Energy & Environment Committee, which serves legislative, executive and judicial officials in 11 Northeastern states, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Québec. In 2008, he received the Sustainable Future Award from the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria for his sponsorship and leadership in passing the Global Warming Solutions Act, which established Massachusetts’ greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of a minimum of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and a 25 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2020. He currently serves as an ambassador for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award, an international organization that recognizes companies that promote sustainable entrepreneurship for the betterment of society, the economy and the environment. Senator Pacheco was trained by former Vice President Al Gore to serve as a Climate Leader for the Climate Reality Project. He recently authored a chapter in “Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Business Success through Sustainability,” and served as contributing editor to “Communicating Sustainability– Perspectives in politics, economy and society.” Senator Pacheco earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from New Hampshire College and an Associate's Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Stockbridge School.

NOAA National Hurricane Center
Storm Surge Team Lead

Jamie Rhome is the Storm Surge Specialist and Team Lead at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida. He serves as a subject matter expert on storm surge and coastal inundation for the National Weather Service’s hurricane program. He is also the NOAA representative for the tri-agency (NOAA, FEMA, Army Corp. of Engineers) National Hurricane Program (NHP). Rhome oversees the National Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Unit and leads storm surge research and development activities at the NHC, where he also participates in outreach programs addressing government, industrial, and private groups. He serves as a subject matter expert on a World Meteorological Team aimed at improving storm surge predictive capabilities within other Nations, especially within the Caribbean and Central America.

Chelsea City Councillor
Chelsea City Councillor

Leo Robinson is an accomplished community leader and respected champion of numerous causes and the people they benefit. Robinson is a three-time Chelsea City Council president who is currently serving his 21st year as an at-large councillor. During his tenure, Robinson has been effective in advancing initiatives around affordable housing, community policing, economic development and public education. He also co-directs with his brother, Ronald, the Lewis H. Latimer Society, a non-profit that pays tribute to the late inventor and son of slaves by focusing on cultural programming, science education and youth development. A graduate of Chelsea High School and the pre-masters program at Cambridge College, Robinson’s only time living outside of Chelsea was while in service to our country as a Vietnam Era member of the US Army. Among many affiliations, he is a past board member of the Boston Harbor Association and Pope John High School. Leo's numerous recognitions include receiving an “All-Chelsea Award” for his successful involvement in so many aspects of life in Chelsea.

Boston Redevelopment Authority
Chief Planner
(617) 635-4000

Kairos Shen is the Director of Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s economic development and planning agency. He has served in this capacity since 2002 where he manages the BRA’s planning division of which the basic functions are community planning, urban design, zoning, waterfront planning and infrastructure planning. Mr. Shen has been intimately involved in many of Boston’s most important planning efforts in the last ten years. During his tenure he has overseen the development guidelines for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the adoption of Boston’s landmark green building zoning, the 10-year refurbishment of Fenway Park, the planning of the 1000-acre South Boston Waterfront Innovation District and the implementation of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and Institute of Contemporary Art. In addition to undertaking and supervising many of the planning and design studies, Mr. Shen regularly participates in community meetings, which are essential to the success of any planning effort. Mr. Shen is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a Master of Architecture from MIT.

Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Region 1 Administrator

H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding has extensive experience in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. For almost 20 years, he served as Executive Director of Save the Bay in Rhode Island, a nationally recognized, 20,000-member environmental advocacy and education organization. There, he helped build an advocacy and education program that helped restore the Bay and educates 15,000 children year. He also oversaw the construction of the Save the Bay Center at Fields Point in Providence, Rhode Island. Winning the Phoenix Award for development of the Save The Bay Center is a highlight of Curt's leadership tenure. But according to Curt, getting a Green Infrastructure project permitted on a brownfield back in 2003, may well be his greatest achievement. Since joining the EPA leadership team in February 2010, Spalding has been leading a holistic approach to finding environmental solutions in New England. He's emphasized efforts in community engagement, sustainability, environmental justice and green economy. Spalding has focused our efforts in the region on three cross-cutting initiatives: climate change, storm water and community prosperity. Spalding has been heavily engaged in resilience planning efforts for Climate Change in New England. He has also been involved in a number of pilot projects working on sustainability in communities around the region. Urban revitalization is a priority for Spalding, and you can see it coming to fruition in places like Holyoke, MA and Bridgeport, CT. Spalding received his bachelor's degree from Hobart College and an M.P.A. from SUNY at Albany in Albany, NY.

Boston Water and Sewer Commission
Chief Engineer

John Sullivan is the Chief Engineer of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC). With over 41 years experience in water and wastewater engineering, Sullivan’s accomplishments are many. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Certified Operator of Drinking Water Supplies in the Commonwealth. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Advisory Board since 2005, is a commissioner on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPC), is Chair to the Water ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center), The National Water Sector Security, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for both The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). Sullivan has been Commissioner of Boston Conservation Commission for over 20 years and is an Honorary member of American Water Works Association, New England Water Works Association, and Boston Society of Civil Engineers. During the course of his career, Sullivan has overseen a multitude of major projects, including: South West Corridor Project – Major Sewer/Water/Drain Project in conjunction with MBTA Orange Line Construction through the city, The Big Dig – Oversaw major Sewer/Drain/Water relocation for the reconstruction of Route 93 through the city, and The Combined Sewer Overflow Program – Over $300 Million of Sewer/Drain/Water improvements in the last 10 years to improve water quality in Boston Harbor and its tributaries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, an MBA degree from Northeastern University, as well as a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Natural Hazard Mitigation Association

Ed Thomas is a Floodplain Manager, and Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist, who is also an Attorney. His primary concern is the prevention of misery to disaster victims, the public purse, and to the environment. Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation through the Law is his chosen method of accomplishing this goal. Attorney Thomas is the President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; and an elected member of both the Fellows of the American Bar Association Foundation; and the Council of the State and Local Government Section of the American Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Hazards Sub-Committee of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, of the ABA. In addition, Ed serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado; and is an active member of the American Planning Association, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, the Association of State Wetland Managers and the American Geophysical Union. During his 35 year career with HUD and FEMA, Ed worked on about two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President’s on scene representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times. Ed is a frequent lecturer on Emergency Management issues, especially the Constitutional and Legal Aspects of Floodplain Regulations. He has authored dozens of publications and articles on various Disaster related issues. Ed has received numerous national and international awards including the nation’s highest award for Floodplain Management: The Goddard-White Award from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In addition, he received the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the International Gulf of Maine Council, for his efforts in helping develop the NOAA StormSmart Coasts Program. Attorney Thomas is a graduate of Fordham College and a magna cum laude graduate of the New England School of Law, in Boston. He manages a private practice of Law, Edward A. Thomas Esq., LLC and lives with his wife in the floodplain of beautiful Marina Bay in Quincy, Massachusetts.

National Weather Service

Bob Thompson is the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Southern New England National Weather Service Forecast Office in Taunton, MA. He is also an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College. Raised in Cohasset, Massachusetts he received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington (in Seattle). Thompson's career with the National Weather Service started as a summer student trainee at the Boston office during the early 1970s. Subsequent National Weather Service assignments have taken him and his family to Albany, NY, Anchorage, AK, Silver Spring, MD, and Reno, NV before returning to the Boston area in November 1989.

NOAA/NWS/Northeast River Forecast Center
508-824-5116 ext 232

David Vallee is the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center. The center provides detailed water resource and life-saving flood forecasting services to National Weather Service Forecast Offices and the hundreds of federal, state and local water resource entities throughout the Northeast and New York. David has worked for the National Weather Service for 27 years, serving in a variety of positions including Senior Service Hydrologist at the Taunton Weather Forecast Office from 1993-2000 and as Science and Operations Officer from 2001-2006. David has extensive experience leading hydrometeorological forecast and warning operations and directing weather research and training programs. David’s research activities span a variety of topics including flooding, severe weather forecasting and orographically enhanced heavy rainfall in southern New England. David has served as the NWS lead investigator with the State University of New York, at Albany, on a multi-year project addressing Land Falling Tropical Cyclones in the Northeastern United States. This has improved the forecasting of heavy precipitation associated with these land falling tropical cyclones as well as developing a better understanding the mechanisms which lead to the recurvature and rapid acceleration of tropical cyclones as they approach the Northeast. David led the initiative to develop a short-range ensemble river forecast system which leverages short range numerical weather prediction guidance to drive a suite of probabilistic river forecasts for the region. Recently, David has been leading an effort at the Northeast River Forecast Center to examine changes in precipitation and temperature patterns across New England and its impact on flood behavior. David is most known locally for his outreach and education work on the behavior of New England Hurricanes, including many appearances on local radio and T.V. networks as well as the Weather Channel, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. David has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards including the prestigious National Isaac Cline Award for Leadership. David is a graduate of Lyndon State College.

University of New Hampshire
Research Associate Professor
(603) 862-2329

Cameron Wake is a research associate professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire and is the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute. Cameron leads a research program investigating regional climate change through the analysis of ice cores records and historical and instrumental data. Cameron also directs Climate Solutions New England, a collaborative effort to secure healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities through building energy self-reliance and weather resilience. His collaborative research on several regional climate assessments in the northeast United States has been shared with municipal, state, and federal agencies and representatives, has been covered widely in the media, and has been cited by several as motivation for policy action. He is an author on over 70 papers published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and dozens of reports, and has provided hundreds of interviews for state, regional and national media. Dr. Wake received a B.Sc. in Geology (1984) from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. in Geography (1987) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (1993) from the University of New Hampshire.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Group Leader, Global Change and Developing Countries Programs - Environmental Sciences Division

Tom Wilbanks is a Corporate Research Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He conducts research on such issues as sustainable development, resilience as a goal for human and natural systems, and impacts of and responses to such global issues as climate change. He has been active for more than three decades in international and national energy and environmental research and policy analysis, including the international Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which he shared a part of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, he is Coordinating Lead Author for the Working Group II chapter on “Climate-resilient Pathways: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainable Development.” He has led a number of reports on energy, environmental, and development issues and on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation possibilities for the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Global Change Research Program, and the Department of Energy, emphasizing issues for human settlements and the energy sector. He served as chair of the NAS/NRC Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change from 2004 to 2010 and as a member of the NAS/NRC Committee on America’s Climate Choices and as chair of the adaptation panel for that study, whose report was published in May 2010 as Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change. In 2011-2012, he led teams preparing technical reports to the US National Climate Assessment (NCA) on implications of climate change for (a) energy supply and use and (b) infrastructures and urban systems and served as a Lead Author of corresponding chapters of the NCA. He has also led technical teams developing recommendations of energy and infrastructure indicators for a proposed Pilot Climate Impact Indicator System for the US.

Wilkinson Ecological Design, Inc.
President & Restoration Ecologist
(508) 255 - 1113

Considered one of the regional experts and a frequent instructor in the field of invasive plant management and ecological restoration, Seth Wilkinson has been a leader in hundreds of ecological restoration projects for land trusts, conservation commissions and private individuals for over a decade. Whether through the use of innovative equipment to manage invasive species or the inspired blending of bioengineering products with native plants, Seth and his team at Wilkinson Ecological Design continue to improve the practice and integrity of ecological restoration. In addition to serving as the lead designer on numerous inland wetland restoration projects, Seth Wilkinson has also designed numerous innovative coastal restoration projects throughout Cape Cod, the Islands and as far North as Kennebunkport, Maine. Projects have ranged from restoring heavily degraded wetlands dominated by invasive Phragmites australis to innovative techniques of pre-vegetating coir products to serve as a growing medium for plants in coastal areas.

NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
Acting Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability

Daniel Zarrilli has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York, leading the implementation of A Stronger, More Resilient New York, the City’s efforts to improve resiliency by strengthening coastal protections, upgrading buildings, improving infrastructure, and making neighborhoods safer and more vibrant. He is also serving as the Acting Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Prior to this, he served on the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, leading the City’s efforts to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the five boroughs and was named the City’s first Director of Resiliency in June 2013. In a previous role, he was the Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), responsible for maritime assets and operations, including the City's two cruise terminals and numerous other transportation and waterfront assets. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Daniel spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of NY and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.

MA DCR Flood Hazard Management Program
Program Manager

Richard Zingarelli has been the Program Manager for the Flood Hazard Management Program within the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for 22 years. He is the State Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program and the State Hazard Mitigation Officer. As the State NFIP Coordinator, he is the primary liaison for Massachusetts communities, state agencies, businesses, and other individuals to obtain information on the NFIP and floodplain management in general. As the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, he administers the state’s hazard mitigation planning and project grant programs in close coordination with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Prior to employment with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he was a project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water resources projects. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.


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