A3: Investing in Resilient Communities: We know why, but how?

Governments, nonprofits, businesses and individuals are making investments in coastal community resilience. These investments are made under the auspices of comprehensive planning, hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, infrastructure resilience, personal safety, and continuity of operations, to name a few. Through an interactive panel discussion, we hope to explore who invests in community resilience, what information and tools are needed to do so responsibly, and how the public and private sectors can partner to ensure these investments are sustainable in a changing future. Our moderators and panelists will highlight lessons learned about conditions that encourage private investment and enable successful public-private collaborations in this space. We will also explore innovative practices and new opportunities for public and private entities to work together effectively to increase adaptive capacity and resilience in communities. Issues we hope to cover include: risk management in vulnerable populations; opportunities to advance the use of natural infrastructure; and synergies between hazard mitigation goals and smart economic development. 

Panel Organizers

  • Kim Penn, Climate Coordinator, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Claudia Nierenberg, Division Chief, Climate and Societal Interactions, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


  • Keelin Kuipers, Deputy Director of the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Jainey Bavishi, Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Resiliency


  • Serena Sowers, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re

  • Khalid Husain, Vice President, Environmental Social & Governance Group, Moody’s Investors Service

  • Katharine Burgess, Vice President, Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

  • Keith Bisson, President, Coastal Enterprises, Inc