Jane Gilbert was very recently hired to serve as the City of Miami’s first Chief Resilience Officer. For the last 20 years, Jane Gilbert has created and led initiatives focused on strengthening our Greater Miami through public – private partnerships. Most recently, as a consultant to The Miami Foundation, Ms. Gilbert was the primary convener and writer of the successful, unified application by Greater Miami and the Beaches to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. She also managed The Miami Foundation’s civic leadership agenda on sea level rise. Previously, Jane Gilbert was responsible for Wells Fargo’s philanthropic investments and community engagement in South Florida. As founding Executive Director of Arts for Learning/Miami, Ms. Gilbert built an idea into an organization serving over 15,000 children annually. Ms. Gilbert also launched Dream in Green, which now provides environmental education outreach to schools and homeowners throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Prior to these roles, Ms. Gilbert helped launch a fairtrade venture using sustainably harvested products from the Brazilian Amazon with Cultural Survival and consulted to Fortune 500 companies on environmental risk management with Arthur D. Little, an international management consulting firm. Ms. Gilbert holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Barnard College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Gilbert’s community involvements include serving on the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee and Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal Steering Committee.
James F. Murley was appointed Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County by Mayor Carlos Gimenez in November 2015. Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the Cities of Miami Beach and Miami, joined the international 100 Resilient Cities network in May 2016. Jim previously served as Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs under Governor Lawton Chiles and was appointed Chair of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission by Governor Charlie Christ. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, spent over 10 years with Florida Atlantic University overseeing research on urban and environmental issues, and served as Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council. Jim is a founding member of the American Society for Adaptation Professionals and Resiliency Florida, a Board member of The Florida Ocean Alliance and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association, and a member of the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Susanne Torriente is chief resilience officer and assistant city manager for the city of Miami Beach. She is a seasoned public administrator with more than 27 years of service in Miami Dade County and several signature cities in the region. Her sustainability and resiliency portfolio includes planning, building, code compliance, and environment and sustainability. The City of Miami Beach is a leader and pioneer in adaptation efforts in South Florida. As CRO she is leading the effort to develop an action-oriented citywide resiliency strategy and a broader Greater Miami & the Beaches 100 Resilient Cities Strategy supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. She is a founding member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact staff steering committee; this body of work has afforded her the opportunity to share the south Florida climate resilience story around the world.