Oakland, California is facing a unique challenge increasingly faced by cities inundated by offers to increase their resilience. In Oakland’s case, competing demands from resilience organizations are precluding the team from being able to define their scope. The city is a member of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) and Bloomberg Associates, as well as several other organizations working on water issues, like sea level rise. In order to avoid redundancy in the team’s work, Daniel Hamilton has begun to search for a niche that Patrick and Brian can fill. The two scientists have shown patience, flexibility, and a willingness to assist in whatever capacity that is most useful for Oakland on this topic.
Daniel suggested that perhaps the next step for this project is for Patrick and Brian to meet with Oakland’s new Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Kiran Jain. Kiran has less than four months to complete Oakland’s resilience strategy. Considering that TEX is a platform partner with 100RC, there may be an opportunity to align Patrick and Brian’s efforts and expertise with existing 100RC resilience efforts the city is currently undertaking. Stay tuned for more on this exciting project!