A Year of Impact and Growth at Resilient Cities Catalyst

  • 2020 marked the first time in decades when global poverty rates increased, with an additional 88 to 115 million people forecasted to have entered extreme poverty, a figure only likely to increase in the year ahead.
  • 50 years after the first Earth Day, we struggle to stand up and face the no-longer existential threat of climate change at the scale required. The U.S. alone saw a record 22 weather-related disasters of at least $1 billion dollars in damage, reminding us that the dire future impacts of climate change are no longer just for the future. Globally, climate-related disasters remain on a dangerous trend line.
  • As COVID-19 raged and disproportionately impacted minority and economically disadvantaged communities, 2020 was also the year America and much of the world confronted structural racism. The world watched in horror at the killing of George Floyd along with other high-profile police incidents in the U.S., igniting a series of protests decrying structural racism and beckoning social justice reform. With over 10,000 demonstrations nationwide, America became the epicenter of the movement, followed by the dismantling of statues, institutions, and emblems synonymous with its racist history.
  • Project Preparation: Addressing the significant preparation gap between city resilience needs and capacities and bankable infrastructure projects through the provision of project design and pre-feasibility study assistance.
  • Resilient Neighborhoods: Transforming how communities and local governments address vulnerable people, places, and systems by breaking down silos to enable cross-sectoral program design and delivery and institutionalizing this ecosystem of partners
  • Regional Resilience Partnerships: Developing a comprehensive multi-sector approach at the regional scale, transcending municipal and institutional silos
  • Dr. Helene D. Gayle: Dr. Gayle has been president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, since 2017. For almost a decade, she was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization, and spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS.
  • Lt. General (Ret.) Thomas P. Bostick: As Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gen. Bostick helped lead the nation’s response in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. He served as Director of Personnel for the U.S. Army, responsible for the human resource requirements for over 1 million soldiers and 330,000 civilians. Gen. Bostick also served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command; and Assistant Division Commander of Maneuver, then Assistant Division Commander of Support for the 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed with the division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before commanding the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for an $18B construction program. During the attacks on 9/11, he served as the senior watch officer in the National Military Command Center as the nation responded to the crisis.



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Catalytic change to help cities solve their most pressing challenges.