My mission is to save lives and improve livelihoods in the face of climate disruption.”
Can you tell us about one of your accomplishments?
"Fifteen years ago, I set out to create my own consulting firm, but I knew that I needed a little bit more experience. So I gave myself a 10-year goal, and here we are, 15 years later. My firm is five years old, and I was so incredibly proud of the 15 clients that I served in my first year of work."
How would you describe your perspective?
“In order to be hopeful, we need to be thinking about the future. So the future is youth, the future is thriving, the future is wonderful livelihoods… I wake up every day thinking about how to make things better for youth because we are giving them a real mess. How we can create more thriving in the face of a lot of real challenges? And where can our livelihoods get better due to my work every day. How can I improve livelihoods, especially for those who are currently less served? So I'm really excited about my work every day when I wake up with those things in mind.
What does advocacy look like for you?
“Advocacy is a huge part of my work. My firm, Climate Resilience Consulting, invests more than 5% of our profit in groups that we think are doing really important climate resilience work at neighborhood scale, community scale, and national scale. I also invest over 5% of my time in pro bono efforts."
I'm very active with the Anthropocene Alliance, which is the nation's largest group of frontline survivors of flood and wildfire risk. They say that when you serve, it serves you more than it serves others—I'll be very frank—I learned so much about how to do climate change resilience at the scale that my firm works, which is city government or state government level, from working directly with community members.”