2020 Virtual Resilience Summit


2020-12-02T10:30:00 - 2020-12-02T15:00:00

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    This exclusive event which will take place virtually on December 2nd, 2020 will unpack the new realities of resilience during a pandemic, while examining the ways in which industry leaders can make informed decisions to further protect communities and investments from future climate risks.

    ULI’s Urban Resilience Program is hosting its 2nd annual Resilience Summit, following last year’s engaging and action-provoking one-day event. This exclusive event which will take place virtually on December 2nd, 2020 will unpack the new realities of resilience during a pandemic, while examining the ways in which industry leaders can make informed decisions to further protect communities and investments from future climate risks. 

    As climate change leads to more frequent and intense weather events, as well as chronic risks like sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought, resilience has become an increasingly important issue for real estate development and land use professionals to understand and address. In 2020, the topic has become ye more urgent given the compounded challenges of COVID-19, and increased recognition of the role of resilience in advancing environmental and racial justice. 

    Key content themes for this year’s Summit will include: climate change and real estate investment, the intersection of resilience and public health during a pandemic, equitable resilience strategies for resilience planning and more.

    The Resilience Summit will mark the 6-year anniversary of the establishment of ULI’s Urban Resilience Program and its first convening on the topic, the Building the Resilient City conference, held in San Francisco in 2014. It will also build upon the 2019 Resilience Summit to bring together private and public sector leaders and subject matter experts who will reflect on the progress and successes within the field over the past 6 years.

    Participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Learn from cutting edge research on climate risk and resilience in the real estate industry
    • Engage with both key leaders and “doers” from across the real estate value chain to learn new strategies to assess climate risk
    • Have meaningful and collaborative conversations with industry leaders to better understand the impacts of climate risks on communities. 

    Join us for our 2nd annual Resilience Summit on December 2nd.



    Mona Benisi

    Executive Director, Global Head of Sustainability Real Assets, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Mona Benisi is an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley and the Global Head of Sustainability for Real Assets. In partnership with the investment teams, Mona leads the strategic development and execution of ESG initiatives for Morgan Stanley Real Assets. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mona was the Global Head of Sustainability for Simon Property Group. Mona previously was a member of the Corporate Sustainability Office at Siemens Corporate Headquarters in Munich, Germany. Mona was the recent Chair of Nareit’s Real Estate Sustainability Council and was recognized for her leadership in the field by Environmental Leader as the recipient of the “Person of the Year” Award in 2018. Mona received a B.A. in International Business from Georg- Simon-Ohm University in Nuremberg, Germany and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Columbia University in New York.


    David Burt

    Founder & CEO, DeltaTerra Capital

    David Burt, CFA is Founder and CEO of DeltaTerra Capital. David has spent more than 20 years applying his imagination, synthesis talents, and quantitative skills to help institutional investors get the most out of their real estate and structured finance investments. Before founding DeltaTerra, David was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Wellington Management Company. Prior to Wellington, he built investment processes at BlueMountain Capital, AlderTree Capital (a 2006 startup he founded to bet against the mortgage credit bubble), BlackRock Financial Management, and State Street Research and Management. He began his career as a Real Estate Economist at Property & Portfolio Research, Inc. David has been a CFA® Charter holder since 2002 and received a BS in Mathematics, with a minor in Economics, from MIT in 1997. David serves as a trustee for the Boston Children’s Museum and is establishing a foundation to help preserve climate stability for future generations.


    Daryl Fairweather

    Chief Economist, REDFIN

    Daryl Fairweather is the chief economist of Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin she was a senior economist at Amazon working on problems related to employee engagement and managing a team of analysts. During the housing crisis, Daryl worked as a researcher at the Boston Fed studying why homeowners entered foreclosure. Daryl received her Bachelor’s of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in economics at the University of Chicago where she specialized in behavioral economics.


    Alex MacLean

    Climate Photographer,

    Pilot and photographer, Alex MacLean, has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments. MacLean’s photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and are found in private, public and university collections. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 CORINE International Book Award, the American Academy of Rome’s Prix de Rome in Landscape Architecture for 2003-2004, and grants from foundations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in 2014. MacLean is the author of eleven books including, Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces (2012), Las Vegas | Venice (2010), Chroniques Aeriennes: L’art d’Alex MacLean (2010), Alex MacLean: Given a Free Hand (2010), OVER: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point (2008), Visualizing Density (2007), The Playbook (2006), Designs on the Land: Exploring America from the Air (2003), Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (1996), Look at the Land; Aerial Reflections of America (1993) and Above and Beyond; Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas (2002). MacLean maintains a studio and lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.


    Laurian Farrell

    Regional Director, North America , Global Resilient Cities Network

    Laurian has worked in the private, public and philanthropic sectors for 20 years, focusing on resilient city building, environment, and flood risk management challenges. She has applied her training in water resources engineering and landscape architecture to programs in Canada, where she is from, and more recently to 100 Resilient Cities in New York before joining the Resilient Cities Network. Here, she works alongside Chief Resilience Officers and global colleagues to advance innovative and impactful solutions that realize the vision of equitable and resilient cities.


    Alexandria McBride

    Assistant to the City Administrator/Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland

    As the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland, Alexandria leads city-wide resilience building efforts, with the goal of helping Oakland prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the “shocks” – catastrophic events like earthquakes, wildfires, and floods – and “stresses” – systemic challenges like racial equity, climate change, and economic inequality – that are increasingly a part of 21st century life. Alexandria joins a network of Chief Resilience Officers around the world, convened by the Global Resilient Cities Network, in an effort to promote urban resilience in all levels of government.


    Mark Wilbert

    Chief Resilience Officer and Director of Emergency Management, City of Charleston

    Mark Wilbert is the Chief Resilience Officer and Director of Emergency Management for the City of Charleston, SC. As Chief Resilience Officer, his efforts have focused on leading city staff members in developing an implementation plan for addressing the consequences of sea level rise and the various types of associated flooding. As the Director of Emergency Management, he is responsible for building and maintaining a comprehensive Emergency Management Program in a thriving city of approximately one hundred and fifty thousand residents and almost six million visitors annually. Prior to assuming his current role in 2013, Mark served on active duty in the United States Coast Guard for 35 years. During his career he was involved in planning, responding to, and managing numerous weather related disasters, 9-11 related events, and several large-scale incidents and events, including the G-8 Summit in 2004, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, and the annual Cooper River Bridge Run; 5th largest Road Race in the United States.


    Jeff Hebert

    President, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

    Jeff is a pioneer of resilience planning and community revitalization. He works with cities around the world to develop strategies that mitigate future social, economic, and physical shocks and stresses. Jeff joined HR&A from the Water Institute of the Gulf, where he served as Vice President. While at the Water Institute, Jeff led a transdisciplinary team to develop innovative adaptation solutions for the complex climate challenges confronting cities. In addition to his role as Partner at HR&A, Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane University School of Architecture, where he teaches in the Graduate Sustainable Real Estate Development program, the incoming Vice Chairman of FUSE Corps in San Francisco, and a trustee of the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans.


    Nancy Watkins

    Principal, Consulting Actuary, Milliman

    Nancy is a Principal with Milliman – San Francisco who manages an actuarial consulting practice that specializes in Insurtech, climate resilience and catastrophic property risk. At the forefront of innovation in flood risk, her team provides state-of-the-art tools, technology, and analysis to insurers, reinsurers, producers and industry groups in the flood insurance space. Nancy is the primary contact on Milliman’s engagement on NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 and provides strategic advice and support to FEMA. Widely known as a thought leader in the area of climate resilience, Nancy advises regulators and policymakers on changing catastrophic risk and property insurance availability and affordability. She was awarded the American Academy of Actuaries Outstanding Volunteerism Award for her participation on the Flood Insurance Work Group.


    Brodie Boland

    Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Brodie is a leader of McKinsey’s work on climate risk in the real-estate and infrastructure sectors. He serves real-estate organizations, city governments, urban technology providers, and infrastructure investors and operators. He has advised several cities on climate-adaptation strategies (including improving infrastructure resilience to flood, fire, heat, and other hazards) and on the integration of physical adaptation and mitigation measures into economic growth, mobility, and other socioeconomic objectives.


    Lynn Jerath

    Founder & President, Citrine Investment Group

    Ms. Jerath is the President & Founder of Citrine Investment Group, an investment management firm. Citrine Value Fund, the firm’s first product, is an absolute return, value oriented long/short hedge fund focused on publicly traded real estate, financials, retailers, home builders, and other real estate related sectors. Prior to founding Citrine, Ms. Jerath spent seven years as a Senior Vice President and partner at GEM Realty Capital, a real estate securities and private equity firm where she sourced investments, assisted in managing the firm’s acquisition team, and participated in analyzing public companies for its hedge fund. Ms. Jerath has worked with virtually all property types, and has experience in doing business in India, having spearheaded GEM’s investment in an Indian residential development company. Prior to GEM, Ms. Jerath was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group in Washington DC. She has also worked at JER Partners, Goldman Sachs, and The Yarmouth Group. Ms. Jerath is a magna cum laude graduate of The Wharton School. In addition to serving as Vice Chair of Membership for the UDMUC Purple council, she serves on the Board of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, is a co-chair on the Trustees Council of Penn Women, and also is a board member of Lotus Bancorp and Soham Dance Space. Ms. Jerath resides in Chicago with her husband and two sons.


    Katharine Wilkinson

    Editor-in-chief, The Drawdown Review and co-editor of All We Can Save,

    Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home. Her writings include The Drawdown Review, the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, and Between God & Green. With Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson she co-edited All We Can Save, an anthology of writings by women climate leaders, and co-founded The All We Can Save Project. As principle writer and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown, Dr. Wilkinson leads the organization’s work to share climate solutions with audiences around the world. She co-hosts the forthcoming podcast A Matter of Degrees and speaks widely, including at National Geographic, Skoll World Forum, and the United Nations. Her TED Talk on climate and gender equality has more than 1.8 million views, and she collaborates with Mary Robinson and others to advance the feminist climate renaissance. A homegrown Atlantan, Dr. Wilkinson holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in religion from Sewanee, where she is now a visiting professor. In 2019 Time magazine named Dr. Wilkinson one of 15 “women who will save the world.” She is happiest on a mountain or a horse. Find her @DrKWilkinson.


    Roy Wright

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

    Roy Wright joined IBHS in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in insurance, risk management, mitigation, and resilience planning. Convinced that the continuing cycle of human suffering that strikes families and communities in the wake of severe weather can be broken, Roy leads a team of scientists and risk communicators who deliver strategies to build safer and stronger homes and businesses. IBHS’ real-world impact enables the insurance industry and affected property owners to prevent avoidable losses. Roy joined IBHS from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he served as the Chief Executive of the National Flood Insurance Program, led the agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, and directed the resilience programs addressing earthquake, fire, flood, and wind risks. In these roles, he guided several programs that promote a risk-conscious culture, enable faster disaster recovery, and address long-term vulnerabilities to life, property, and well-being in communities across the United States. Prior to joining FEMA in 2007, Roy worked in public and private sector roles with Coray Gurnitz Strategy Consulting and the U.S. Department of the Interior. A native of California, Roy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.

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