Preserving City Competitiveness: The Benefits of Climate Resilience

As climate impacts escalate, local climate vulnerabilities and risks are becoming more important to businesses, investors, insurers, and residents. Join us for a virtual event detailing these and other findings of a two-year research effort to understand the ways in which climate risk and resilience factor into key aspects of competitiveness for U.S. cities, including city finances, economic development, and livability. We will also identify a number of resilience strategies and practices that cities are implementing to address climate risks.


Rich Brown
Senior Vice President - Environmental Social Governance, Bank of America

Rich Brown serves as Senior Vice President and Environmental Program Director in the Global Environmental Group at Bank of America. The group is responsible for all environmental sustainability for the company, which includes strategic direction for business activities such as climate finance, operational initiatives, employee programs, corporate policy and governance,…

Damon Burns
President and CEO, Finance New Orleans

Damon Burns is a New Orleans native with over 15 years of experience in public finance, entrepreneurship, capital markets and financial technology. Since July 2016, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Finance New Orleans, a quasi-government financial institution with a mission to invest in affordable housing, economic development…

Joyce Coffee
President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, founder and president of the Certified B Corp Climate Resilience Consulting, works with leaders to create strategies that strengthen urban resilience, protecting and enhancing markets and livelihoods through adaptation to climate change. She has over 25 years of domestic and international experience in the corporate, government…

Lisa Schroeer
Senior Director and Sector Leader - US Public Finance Ratings, S&P Global

Lisa Schroeer is a Sector Leader and Senior Director in the U.S. Public Finance Division for S&P Global Ratings. Lisa focuses on local governments, research, and criteria across the United States. She has an additional emphasis on climate impact and participates in the group’s green bond and ESG working group.…

Tim Coffin
Senior Vice President, Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Tim, is Senior Vice President with Breckinridge Capital Advisors, and chairs the firm’s Sustainability Committee. Tim has helped lead the introduction of Breckinridge’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities to clients. He has been with the firm since 2012 and has over 30 years of fixed income experience. Prior to…

Bob Perciasepe — Moderator
Senior Adviser, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Bob Perciasepe is the former President and currently serves as a Senior Adviser to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), which is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address our energy and climate challenges. Mr.…

Amy Bailey
Director of Climate Resilience and Sustainability, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Amy Bailey is the Director of Climate Resilience and Sustainability at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Ms. Bailey identifies emerging approaches and solutions to climate and energy challenges and develops opportunities to increase information sharing between cities, states, and companies. She manages the activities of the Alliance…