- August 5
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Confronting COVID-19: City Preparedness for Climate Events
1:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. BST / 7:00 p.m. CEST / 1:00 a.m. HKT
Summer 2020 has already included unbearable heat waves in the southwest and east coast, and NOAA predicts an above normal hurricane season. As the summer climate season sets in, cities are more vulnerable to these destructive events than ever before due to the new realities of COVID-19 and related fiscal budget constraints, social distancing challenges and public health concerns. With low-income communities and communities of color at most risk, many of these compounded vulnerabilities are reflective of systemic disinvestment practices perpetuated by decades of land use and infrastructure policies. Learn from leaders in the fields of resilience and disaster preparedness reflecting about how cities can be more prepared, resilient and equitable during this critical year and beyond.
Jeff Hebert is a partner at HR&A Advisors and is leader in resilience planning and community revitalization. He works with cities to develop strategies that mitigate future social, economic, and physical shocks and stresses. He is currently leading projects in New York City, Buffalo, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Newark and Los Angeles. Mr. Hebert previously served the City of New Orleans in many capacities, including as the First Deputy Mayor & Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Resilience Officer, and as Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane University School of Architecture, is Vice Chairman of FUSE Corps, and serves on the Policy Advisory Board of The Reinvestment Fund and the Advisory Board of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. Mr. Hebert holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University, a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Jeff was honored as a participant in the Future Leaders program (PIPA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France in 2018.
Director of Sustainability
City of Tempe
Dr. Braden Kay is the Sustainability Director at the City of Tempe. Braden works with city departments on reaching sustainability targets in energy, transportation, waste, water, land use, local food, housing, and social issues. He was the Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Orlando, where he led sustainability implementation in waste diversion, urban forestry, and urban agriculture. He received a PhD from Arizona State’s School of Sustainability for his dissertation work on stakeholder engagement and strategy building within the City of Phoenix. Previously, Braden managed community engagement, sustainability assessment and strategy building for the City of Phoenix’s Reinvent Phoenix grant, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities program. Braden has experience consulting municipal governments, non-profits, and corporations.
Co-Founder & CEO
Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM)
Chauncia Willis is a Certified Emergency Manager and Cultural Diversity expert with over 20 years of experience in the field of Emergency Management. Ms. Willis has been an outspoken advocate for building a more culturally diverse and inclusive workforce within all levels of Emergency Management that is representative of the communities served. She believes increased representation will reduce the devastating impacts of inequity, and that the Emergency Management enterprise would benefit from implementing foundational diversity, inclusion and equity concepts. In her role as the CEO for I-DIEM, she leads the effort to integrate equity in all facets of disaster policy, programs and practice with the goal of increasing cultural competence and mitigating the negative impacts of disaster on underserved groups.
Before co-founding I-DIEM, Chauncia Willis served as a professional Emergency Manager within local, state, and private sector organizations. Chauncia spent 14 years with the City of Tampa where she created and managed the Office of Emergency Management and designed and directed the City’s Emergency Operations Center. She is a Certified Culutral Diversity Professional, Master Exercise Practitioner and Certified Professional Coach, and serves as the immediate past-President of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Region 4. Ms. Willis has a diverse background in disaster management and has overseen and been deployed in response and recovery efforts for catastrophic hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, disease outbreaks, and civil disturbances. Additionally, she is an expert in large scale event planning and has coordinated consequence management and homeland security activities for large-scale national and international events to include the Tampa Bay Super Bowl XLIII, the Republican National Convention, the International Indian Film Festival (Bollywood Oscars), the NCAA National Football Championships and the Women’s Final Four Championships.
Chauncia Willis grew up near the beautiful beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans. She studied government and policy at the Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies where she earned a Master of Public Administration degree. Her interests include the psychology of disaster trauma, vulnerable community resilience planning, gender and racial bias in disaster response, and the impacts of social inequities pre-and post-disaster. Ms. Willis is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the FEMA Emergency Management Executive Academy, Cohort II.