Johanna Lawton

The Floods Next Time

Vital City: New York must do much more to protect itself from torrential rains. New Yorkers have once again been reminded that climate change is here, and we are unprepared. At the end of September, eight inches of rain forced our city to a standstill. Yet it doesn’t have to be like this.Our aging sewer

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NEEYATI JOHNSON, NETWORK MANAGER

Neeyati Johnson is the Network Manager for the New York State Adaptation Practitioners Network at Rebuild by Design. Through coordination and convening, the Network brings together organizations in New York working on climate adaptation to share knowledge, develop relationships, and build their collective capacity.  Previously, Johson worked on the Nature Conservancy New York Cities Team

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RIFAL IMAM, RAINPROOF NYC FELLOW

Rifal Imam is a Fellow at Rebuild by Design, supporting strategy, research, and policy to ensure New York City equitably adapts to increasing heavy rainfall. Through her experience in multidisciplinary research, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach, she’s working on community education, stakeholder collaboration engagements, and systemic policy changes and implementation. Rifal previously worked on various

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JOIE ZHANG, ATLAS OF DISASTER COORDINATOR

Joie Zhang is the Outreach Coordinator at Rebuild by Design, supporting research and outreach with government, coalitions, and funder stakeholders to utilize the “Atlas of Disaster.” As a design researcher and service designer, Zhang is passionate about working at the intersection of community-centered design, climate justice, and innovation, to better understand what motivates public buy-in. Previously,

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Navigating Flood Disasters and Housing Justice: A Preparedness Forum for NYC Religious and Community Leaders

Join Rebuild by Design in partnership with the New York Disaster Interfaith Services, NYC VOAD, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Faith-based & Community Partnerships on September 13th for A Preparedness Forum for NYC Religious and Community Leaders. The summit will gather NYC faith & community leaders to explore how to better serve our communities

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