Saturday, May 6
1pm – 2:15pm
Javits Convention Center
Room: Hall E116 (JCC)

As the triple threats of climate change, rapid urbanization and globalization exert pressure on cities across the world, many have turned to resilience as a framework for addressing the shocks and stresses they currently face, and are likely to face as the 21st century advances. But what exactly is urban resilience, and how do you plan for it? 

This panel will examine the ways careful planning of all of a city’s structures and systems — from roads, social services, school locations, building materials, parks and more — can contribute to a city’s holistic resilience. 

This session will feature several Chief Resilience Officers — a new and innovative position now seen in almost two dozed American cities. Many of these CROs, whose salaries are mostly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, are trained planners.  And they’re using those skills to ensure cities are working across departments of government and all sectors of society in order to better serve their citizens, in both good times and bad. For more information, visit the website


Amy Chester , New York , NY

Marissa Aho , AICP , Studio City , CA

George Homewood , FAICP , City of Norfolk , Norfolk , VA

Samuel Carter , The Rockefeller Foundation , New York , NY