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Co-Founder, Chair

Alec Rodriguez, EIT, CFM


Alec Rodriguez is a water resources engineer at Atkins in Denver Colorado. At Atkins, Alec works on water resources, climate resilience, and building science projects. Alec is from Miami, Florida, where he attended the University of Miami and received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a Minor in Climate Science and Policy. Alec’s passion for climate change and resilience began in Miami after seeing sunny day floods and has grown after seeing winter wildfires in Colorado.


Cassidy Grady


Cassidy Grady is a graduate student pursuing an MS in Geological Engineering and a certificate in Humanitarian Engineering and Science from Colorado School of Mines. She is currently researching remote methods for rockfall hazard characterization in the Arequipa region of Peru, and integrating local geographic knowledge. She has performed research in the areas of social responsibility, community engagement, and natural hazard mitigation in the context of engineering and science. Her current interest centers around working with communities on socio-technical approaches that build their resilience to hazards exacerbated by climate change.


Rob Fetell


Robert Fetell is a Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Robert has an MS in Engineering Geology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s in Earth Science. Robert has worked as an Engineering Strategist for NextEra Energy, the world’s largest producer of clean energy; for Shell International, B.V. as a Government Relations Intern in the Hague, Netherlands; for Ramboll, a Danish Civil Engineering firm; and for the City of Miami Beach Land Use & Sustainability Committee. In 2018, Robert served as the University of Pennsylvania’s UN Youth Delegate to the “Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World” Conference.

Communications Chair

Samantha Cristol


LEED Green Associate

Samantha Cristol is a second year law student at Georgetown University Law Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and spent the three years working in the construction management industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about environmental justice and building a world where the natural and built environments coexist in healthy and meaningful ways.

Operations Chair

Benjamin Norrito


Benjamin Norrito is a geospatial risk analyst at UNICEF. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Geography from SUNY New Paltz and recently graduated with his masters in climate science and policy from the Columbia Climate School. He’s passionate about adaptation, resilience and harnessing the cross-contextual possibilities of geospatial work in order to address emerging climate challenges. As a board member, he hopes to help young professionals push the resilience space into the forefront. 

Finance Chair

Charles Aresty


Charles is a recent graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated in Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Management. Currently based in New York City, he is working closely with two foundations focused on improving educational equity and opportunities. Charles’s passion stems from a belief that engaging and educating young people on climate change resilience will be pivotal for the next generation’s future.


Lauren Kobayashi


Lauren is a Master’s student at Duke University studying public policy and environmental management. She has a BA in environmental studies and public affairs from Seattle University. Her experience is in zero-waste, sustainability, and transportation spaces. Lauren is originally from California where she experienced impacts of climate change first-hand, which motivates her work in environmental policy.

Board MEmber

Corey Wills


Corey is a hazard mitigation planner with Michael Baker International. They hold a dual masters degree in environmental studies and city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. They have been involved in resilience and adaptation projects ranging from conducting stakeholder outreach for the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan to co-designing a social vulnerability index to identify at-risk communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are also deeply committed to local environmental justice projects. Their work in this sphere includes creating a GIS analysis of potential locations for urban food forests for food desert alleviation in Philadelphia and the design of food forests, urban gardens, and green stormwater infrastructure for West Philadelphia public schools. Ultimately, their professional goal is to leverage ethical, sustainable, and community-driven resilience planning to equitably address climate change impacts in the urban environment.

Board Member

Kristen Wansbrough


Kristen Wansbrough is a Natural Catastrophe Research Scientist for Chubb Insurance at their Science Center located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kristen has always been passionate about atmospheric hazards and climate change. She holds two master degrees, one in Climate Change and one Natural Hazards and Catastrophes. She is also a member of two projects within the University of Miami’s Resilience Academy.

It is her life’s goal to better understand atmospheric hazards and in turn use her scientific knowledge to find and promote resiliency measures to reduce our vulnerability to climate change on all scales.