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Over the past decade adaptation has been burgeoning in the United States. While the federal agencies have been part of this for the past several years, they have not always been the primary leaders. What are non-federal entities aiming to do in light of the changes expected in DC? Will their course change or be unaltered?
Shamar Bibbins serves as a program officer for Environment at The Kresge Foundation, where her grantmaking supports policies and programs that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. Shamar plays a lead role in managing the Environment Program’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. That initiative supports community-based nonprofit organizations seeking to influence local and regional climate resilience planning, policy development and implementation while reflecting the priorities and needs of low-income people. She also contributes to the development and implementation of program strategies. “I am guided by a deep passion for social, economic and climate justice for underrepresented communities,” Shamar says. “Supporting place-based innovation and helping build the field of climate resilience is an honor.” Shamar joined Kresge in 2014, bringing a history of engagement in environmental efforts and a commitment to action on climate change. She previously served as the director of national partnerships at Green For All, a national nonprofit dedicated to building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Shamar earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society from Vassar College and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Fukushima University where she conducted research on environmental social movements in Japan.
Denise Fairchild is the inaugural President of Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. with affiliates in major urban centers across the United States. Dr. Fairchild was recruited in 2010 to launch ECC, a coalition of labor, business and community-based organizations organized to accelerate the growth and distributive benefits of the emerging green economy. Dr. Fairchild has dedicated over 30 years to strengthening housing, jobs, businesses and economic opportunities for low-income residents and communities of color domestically and internationally. In 1995 she founded and directed the Community and Economic Development (CED) Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as well as an affiliated nonprofit community development research and technical assistance organization, CDTech. She helped launch the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI), an initiative of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to provide inner city residents with career and technical education for high growth/high demand jobs in the L.A. region, with a focus on the green economy. From 1989-1994, Dr. Fairchild directed the L.A. office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and is credited with raising over $100 million in equity, grants, and loans for community-based housing and commercial development projects and, generally, with building the non-profit housing and community development industry in the L.A. region. Her civic and political appointments have included the California ScholarShare Investment Board, California Commission on Regionalism, the California Economic Strategy Panel, the California Local Economic Development Association, the Urban Land Institute National Inner City Advisor, the Coalition for Women's Economic Development and the Los Angeles Environmental Quality Board. She also served as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's special advisor for South L.A. Investments.
Bob Gough is a cultural ecologist/attorney with over 35 years professional experience, including three graduate fellowships (USD-Vermillion, CU-Boulder, MIT-Cambridge) on tribal cultural and natural resource issues, who serves as secretary of Intertribal COUP (1994 to present) and co-chaired Native Peoples climate workshops (1998-2009). He has worked across the country to build sustainable tribal economies (1976-present). More recently he has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering Native America Initiative at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center, and served on the Western Governors' Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee and the Wind and Transmission Task Forces (2001-2009). Bob co-authored the Inaugural World Clean Energy Award winning Intertribal COUP tribal energy plan (2007), directs the COUP Sustainable, Affordable, Future-proofed and Energy efficient (SAFE) homes initiative, Gough has also contracted with NASA on Native Peoples climate workshops (1998-2009), with FEMA on disaster preparedness training and with NOAA/NIDIS on drought programs for Northern Great Plains tribes (2012-2013). He was a Lead Author on the Indigenous Peoples Chapter 12 in the National Climate Assessment (2011-13).
Lara J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Lara Hansen is the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of EcoAdapt. She believes climate change is everybody’s problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly-inclined folks in 2008. She is particularly interested in those areas of where the implications of climate change may not yet be considered, including contaminants and remediation. Encouraging those working in these areas to understand the potential effects of climate change and to goal of this talk.
Michael McCormick, AICP
Michael McCormick, AICP was appointed by Governor Brown in June 2011 as a Senior Planner in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). Michael is leading a number of efforts to implement the Governor’s goals around land use, climate change and organizational change. His recent work while on rotation at NOAA, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and ongoing work with OPR is focused at the nexus of high level climate and sustainability goals and local implementation. Michael is passionate about successful institutional transformation - by leading the development of partnerships, tools, resources, guidance and programs that support strong action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing community resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. He is actively working with partners at the local, regional, state, national and international scale to catalyze new efforts and share the importance of local and subnational action in contributing to global climate change goals.