Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board
Director, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
Broward County, Florida
Jennifer Jurado is the Director of Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division where she is responsible for county-wide water resource policy and planning; advancement of the County’s regional climate initiatives; administration of beach, marine, and land stewardship programs; and environmental monitoring. Since joining Broward County in 2002, Jennifer has overseen development of Broward’s county-wide integrated water resources plan, the convening of regional water and climate change task forces, and advancement of multi-jurisdictional initiatives focused on water conservation, alternative water supply planning, and planning for sea level rise. She was recently recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her leadership in climate resilience. She is an original member of the Staff Steering Committee to the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, chaired the Compact’s Built Environment Work Group, and co-authored the Regional Climate Action Plan. Dr. Jurado earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami.