Aug. 7, 2014 - Boulder Hires First-Ever Chief Resilience Officer
Sarah Huntley, City of Boulder Media Relations, 303-441-3155
Max Young, 100 Resilient Cities Communications, 917-710-0553
Boulder hires first-ever Chief Resilience Officer
Gregory Guibert starts Sept. 8 as part of city’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation
The City of Boulder and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, announced today that Gregory Guibert, currently with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), will be the city’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer. His first day will be Sept. 8.
In this role, Guibert will be responsible for leading the city’s resilience efforts to help the Boulder community position itself not just to survive challenges, such as the 2013 flood, economic downturns and others, but to recover quickly and thrive.
The appointment of the CRO is a key milestone in the city’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. 100RC is an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world build resilience to the social, economic and environmental challenges they are increasingly facing in a 21st century world. Boulder was one of 32 inaugural cities chosen in December 2013 to kick off this global effort.
“We had many fine candidates apply for this exciting new position, which was very encouraging given the importance of communities focusing on this emerging area,” said Boulder City Manager Jane S. Brautigam. “Gregory’s experience at NCAR, his demonstrated record of developing strategies for urban resilience and his knowledge of our community make him an ideal fit for Boulder. We are excited to welcome him to our team.”
The CRO position will be funded for two years through the city’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. Guibert’s annual salary was set at $105,000. In addition to resources for a CRO, participating cities also receive resources for drafting a resilience roadmap; access to private sector, public sector, and non-government organization created resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.
“Gregory Guibert is joining a network of resilience experts from cities across the globe that will share best practices and begin to build a global practice of resilience,” said Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities. “As the CRO from Boulder, one of our inaugural cities, he will bring the best resilience practices of Boulder to the world and the best resilience practices of the world to Boulder.”
Guibert said he is delighted to have an opportunity to serve the community he calls home.
“Boulder has such a strong foundation in resilience,” he said. “This has been demonstrated in recent years by its incredible response to both wildfires and floods. I am eager to collaborate with partners throughout our community to build on the tools and strategies we know work and to broaden our understanding and ability to respond to challenges of all kinds.”
Gregory Guibert’s Bio
Gregory Guibert has extensive experience in urban resilience, disaster risk reduction, and climate adaptation, coupled with strong communication and management skills. For the last five years, he has worked with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), both located in Boulder, on issues directly related to the development and implementation of urban resilience strategies and plans. Currently at NCAR, he is working to develop and manage innovative projects that address complex social and environmental challenges that lie at the intersection of science, policy, and practice. Across a range of topics—including applied climate science, cyber infrastructure integration, and food security, among others—he is focused on bringing together diverse public, private, and business stakeholders to characterize key problems and explore novel solutions at the boundary of traditional sectors and disciplines. His experience as program director of the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center highlights the strength of his project management background and substantive experience with disaster risk reduction. As program director, he developed and managed full project lifecycles, from initial concept and strategy to successful implementation, with little supervision in a dynamic and active team atmosphere.