The Coastal Resiliency Collaborative
Leadership Tier

The Leadership Tier of the Coastal Resilience Collaborative (CRC) is composed of representatives of goverments, the private sector, NGO's and universities that have a stakeholder interest in coastal issues and solutions.  The four sectors are focus groups with a chair for each that provides leadership to the sector group. 

  Government Private Sector NGO’s Academia
Temporary Chair Tom Armstrong Whitford Remer Emily Pidgeon Joan Fitzgerald
Chair’s Organization White House USGCRP ASCE Conservation Int. Northeastern Univ.
Member Organizations City of Durban, S.A. Rand Corporation World Wildlife Fund University of Florida
  Bangladesh DOI Atkins ICMA Stanford Woods Inst.
  City of Rotterdam Arup ICLIE UNESCO-IHE
  Rijkswaterstaat Twynstra Gudde IAHR MIT
  City of Danang IBM Florida Earth Rice
  City of Alexandria Swiss RE 100 Resilient Cities TU Delft
  USACE IWR UBS IWA Scripps Oceanographic
  NASA Earth Sciences   Ashoka Tyndall Institute
An Executive Committee oversees the work of the Leadership Tier and provides administrative support to CRC: 
Function Name Organization
Co-Chair Stan Bronson Florida Earth Foundation
Co-Chair Chris Zevenbergen UNESCO-IHE
  Arthur Mynett IAHR
  Katharine Cross International Water Association
  Nicholas Shufro RISE Initiative and PwC

Input from CRC Partners:

Dr. Anita Chandra, Director of justice, Infrastructure & Environment, Rand Corporation

  • First, it is important to have a knowledge exchange that understands the developmental progression that communities take when approaching resilience planning and execution. Right now, we have tools and resources, but very little that helps communities put this in a frame from understanding needs to priority setting and ongoing partnership development and maintenance. In RAND’s work with communities in developing and implementing resilience strategy, we have learned a lot about what is required to start and maintain the conversation about resilience.
  • Another component that we include in our CONNECT model, is this notion of “nesting and alignment” with existing policy, governance and other institutional structures. I believe this is critical for the leadership team to tackle given that resilience cannot be an overlay to planning but must be embedded as part of dual or multiple benefit opportunities, integration with routine practice, etc.
  • If the strategy/leadership group could consider the issues of resilience leadership, that would be excellent. As we discussed, the CRO model of Resilient Cities has some limitations, and I believe a discussion is warranted to explore what it takes to advance resilience principles at an executive level.  The requirements are not simply about elevating the issues, but understanding that resilience innovation and practice requires a different leadership creativity and skill set.
  • I think we have some advancement in resilience measurement  or really the measurement of resilience capacity. We need to organize our thinking in this space in ways that multiple sectors can invest and be seen in shared accountability frameworks.
  • Finally, I might spend some time considering core elements of resilience strategy that works across contexts, countries, and government structures. We have thought a bit about this with our comparative work with China and the U.S. and our global case study paper; more examination of this would be merited.

Dr. Tom Armstrong, Executive Director, US Global Change Research Program, Office of the President

"For example- Late last week, Maarten Smits and A.G. Segeren from Deltares came on a requested visit to my office to discuss how we can work more closely.  I told them about our (quite coincidental it appears) meeting with you on the establishment of a knowledge bank and system for info transfer.  I also suggested that we (USGCRP and Deltares) use your developing structure for coordinating and sharing of priority-based climate, adaptation and resilience information (including data, derivative information, tools and decision support) that both agencies have parts of- but not enough to be considered sufficient for doing their jobs most effectively.  Your Knowledge platform could help in facilitating the communication and development of joint goals, cooperative fact finding efforts, filed-based meetings and workshops and the overall bringing together of technical experts and program and policy leaders that have the ability and the authority to develop new and change existing policies regarding Federal response to climate change impacts and effects, including relevant water issues.  Both A.G. and Maarten seemed very amenable to that idea.  So, it seems that the next step is for us to talk and figure out a way to make this all happen if you think this is an appropriate path forward."

For a PowerPoint presentation on the program, click here.


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