A Night of Resiliency – Panel Discussion / SCD and HMDR Division Awards & Reception
Join the Sustainable Communities Division (SCD), Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning (HMDR) Division, Rebuild by Design, and the Pratt Institute for a panel discussion focused on resilience and sustainability at the local, regional, and global levels. Speakers include representatives from the Pratt Institute, Rebuild by Design, and 100 Resilient Cities.
The panel presentation will occur from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception with beer, wine, soft drinks, and hors d'oeuvres from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. During the reception, SCD will present its 4th Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability, Student Essay Award Winners, and recognize communities participating in the Sustaining Places for Comprehensive Plans program.
Location: Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York University
Register by May 1 (limited to 200 registrants): https://resiliencepanel-awardsreception.eventbrite.com.
Confirmed SpeakerRon Shiffman is a city planner with over 50 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development assistance to community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In 1964, he co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development [PICCED], which is today the oldest continuously operated university-based community design and development center in the United States. He is presently organizing and directing Pratt Institute School of Architecture’s coordinated effort to assist in the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy entitled “Rebuild, Adapt, Mitigate and Plan” and has forged cooperative relationships between RAMP and many of the affected communities, the AIA, the APA and a number of regional and international universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, the College of Staten Island, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu and the International University of Catalonia, Spain. He is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture where he chaired the Department of City and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1999. He was appointed to the NYC Planning Commission by Mayor David Dinkins and served on the Planning Commission from 1990-1996. He retired as Director of PICCED in July 2003 and is now a full time faculty member.
, Rebuild By Design
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAmy Chester has spent close to 20 years in urban affairs, municipal policy, community engagement, and real estate development. As Rebuild’s Managing Director, Amy is responsible the organization’s day-to- day operations and management in addition to overseeing its fundraising and strategic direction. During her tenure in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration she served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. In this role she was responsible for the public engagement strategy of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s sustainability agenda, which included initiatives such as the Million Trees Campaign, congestion pricing, and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Amy’s other experiences in New York City government have included positions at the New York City Council, where she successfully ensured the inclusion of affordable housing in large-scale neighborhood re-zonings, and at the New York City Housing Authority, where she created development plans to increase the utilization of government owned properties across the city. Outside of government, Amy has also consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations and on many electoral campaigns. At the Freelancers Union, she was responsible for the design and construction of two medical practices. As the lead organizer for Listening to the City, she crafted a democratic process to include community participation in the plans for the World Trade Center site redevelopment. Amy was raised in Brooklyn where she continues to reside.
, Thread Collective, LLC
Confirmed SpeakerGita is an architect, designer, educator, and leader in community resilience planning and design. She is a founder and principal of the award winning design firm thread collective, chair of the Resilient Red Hook committee, and academic instructor at Pratt Institute and the School for Visual Arts. She has played a key role in Pratt's RAMP (Rebuild, Adapt, Mitigate and Plan) initiative. Gita believes in resiliency as a holistic and supple approach, integrating social, cultural, and economic issues with design to create net-positive urban environments. She holds a Master of Architecture, from UC Berkeley.
, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
Confirmed SpeakerJessica has worked towards implementing community-based solutions to solve complex public policy. Jessica currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency where she helps lead the City’s implementation of its resiliency goals by managing complex capital resiliency projects and planning initiatives. She previously was the Deputy Project Director at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, an internationally renowned community court committed to developing local solutions to improve public safety. She also worked at the Bronx Borough President’s Office, the New York City Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice, and at the Vera Institute of Justice. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Wagner School at NYU and Brooklyn College. She received her BS in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, and received her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Jessica was born and raised in Brooklyn and still lives in NYC with her husband and daughter.