Waterfront Conference 2023 has ended
Monday, May 8 • 4:00pm - 5:10pm
Closing Plenary: Climate Advocacy–You Can and Must Do It Too!

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Speakers: N.Y. Assemblyman Robert Carroll, N.J. Senator Bob Smith
Moderated by Tyler Taba

Everybody is connected to climate resilience in some capacity, but very few work for advocacy organizations. We close the program with a focus on everything from practical tactics to technical expertise that can be put to use for climate advocacy outside of a professional role. What are basic mechanisms of advocacy that all citizens can do—even anonymously, if needed? What policies should people contact elected officials about? What volunteer opportunities exist with advocacy groups? What can agency officials, consultants, place-based NGOs, and others do to advocate for more climate resilience?
Speakers: Adem Bunkeddeko, Kristen Brengel, Andrew Engel
Moderated by Kavitha Mathew

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Assemblyman Robert Carroll

Assemblymember, N.Y. Assembly
New York Assemblymember Robert Carroll was elected to the Assembly in 2016. He is the chair of the legislative commission on government administration and the chair of the subcommittee on museums and cultural institutions, and serves on six additional committees. Since being elected... Read More →
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Sen. Bob Smith

State Senator, N.J. State Senate
N.J. Senator Bob Smith was born in Scranton, Pa. He earned a degree in history from the University of Scranton in 1969, an M.S. in chemistry there in 1970, and an M.S. in environmental science from Rutgers University in 1973. He graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1981 and was... Read More →
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Tyler Taba

Director of Resilience, Waterfront Alliance
Tyler Taba joined Waterfront Alliance in January 2022 as the senior manager for climate policy and was quickly promoted to director of resilience. He is charged with developing climate change policy and strategy, leading the coordination and convening of the Rise to Resilience coalition... Read More →
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Adem Bunkeddeko

Executive Director, Coro New York Leadership Center
Adem is the executive director of Coro New York. He is tasked with leading a civic leadership organization that believes meaningful change comes from collaboration: people in business and communities, schools and unions, government and nonprofits, working together to find creative... Read More →
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Kristen Brengel

Sr. VP, Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association
Kristen Brengel is the senior vice president for government affairs with the National Parks Conservation Association. She has 20 years of experience working to ensure National Park Service laws and policies are upheld and implemented to best protect all national park units. Kristen... Read More →
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Andrew Engel

Attorney, New York City Dept. of Buildings
Andrew began organizing with the New York City chapter of Sunrise Movement after he graduated from law school in January 2022. While he participates in most of the many teams within the chapter, his main focus is on organizing around city and state legislation. Andrew has contributed... Read More →
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Kavitha Mathew

Global Diversity Officer, KPF
With a two-decade career in architecture and advocacy, Kavitha Mathew, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP leads KPF’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, as well as the development and implementation of the firm’s global Corporate Social Responsibility commitment. Kavitha oversees KPF’s... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 4:00pm - 5:10pm EDT
Safra Hall (1st Floor)