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Monday, May 8

8:45am EDT

Opening Plenary: “Show Us the Money”—Momentous Federal Funding and the New Congress
Rohit Aggarwala, Commissioner and Chief Climate Officer, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

PANEL: "Show Us the Money"—Momentous Federal Funding and the New Congress (9:25-10:15am)
This high-level panel explores the current state of federal legislation, the distribution of funding to states, the role of the states, how funding makes its way to sustainability, renewable energy, and resilience projects and local communities, and what to look for in the years ahead. Continuing the discussion from last spring’s Waterfront Conference on federal funding, speakers will cover the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Justice40, the Inflation Reduction Act, New York and New Jersey State funding, and other federal programs.

Speakers: Lisa Flavia Garcia, Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto, Laurie Schoeman, Dr. Rachel Silverstein.
Moderator: Kathy Robb

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Rohit "Rit" Aggarwala

Commissioner and Chief Climate Officer, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is a widely recognized expert on urban sustainability, technology, and mobility. He led the creation of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, founded the environmental grantmaking program at Bloomberg... Read More →
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Lisa Garcia

Regional Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Lisa Flavia Garcia serves as regional administrator for EPA’s Region 2 office covering New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. Lisa is an environmental lawyer who has advocated for environmental and climate justice... Read More →
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Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto

Commander and District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Matthew W. Luzzatto assumed command of USACE, New York District, on June 25, 2020. He is responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, navigation, and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State (including the New York... Read More →
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Kathy Robb

Founder and Principal, Robb Water Partners LLC
Kathy Robb is a nationally-recognized environmental lawyer in water and the founder of Robb Water Partners LLC, a water policy and law consultancy, and a founding director of BlueCommons, Inc., a nonprofit revolving fund establishing a national community Blue Bank to support sustainable... Read More →
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Laurie Schoeman

Senior Advisor for Climate Resilience, Executive Office of the President, The White House, Council on Environmental Quality
Laurie Schoeman is the senior advisor on climate resilience to the White House Executive Office of the President’s Council for Environmental Quality. She most recently served as the director of climate and sustainability for Enterprise Community Investment.  Laurie is a deeply... Read More →
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Rachel Silverstein

Executive Director, Miami Waterkeeper
Dr. Rachel Silverstein, a lifelong clean water enthusiast, serves as equal parts investigator, scientist, educator, and legal advocate, functioning as the public spokesperson for our watershed and protecting your right to clean water. As Miami Waterkeeper executive director and Waterkeeper... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 8:45am - 10:15am EDT
Safra Hall (1st Floor)

1:00pm EDT

Heather M. Morgan Climate Risk Adaptation Lecture
The Heather M. Morgan Climate Risk Adaptation Lecture honors the memory of Heather Morgan, noted climate risk adaptation expert, and her contributions to the field of sustainability. Heather dedicated her career to redefining the relationship between our human inhabitation and the natural system utilizing a transdisciplinary approach. She used her formidable oratory skills to educate people and empower them to advocate for their communities because she felt that unless people understood the dynamic, there would be no real progress. Heather was herself a force of nature who brought boundless energy, genuine integrity, and limitless passion to her work.

Each year the Morgan Lecture series highlights outstanding women in climate and climate resilience leadership. Now in its second year, the Heather Morgan Lecture features a personal conversation between two extraordinary women in the field—one a veteran trailblazer and the other an up-and-coming climate design expert. The accomplishments and dialogue between Terry Doss and Sarah Dougherty will showcase the values, skills, and insights of Heather Morgan.

The Lecture series is supported by an endowed fund in order to bring top speakers to the Waterfront Conference. Fund supporters are:

Premier Corporate Sponsor

$10,000 and above
Battery Park City Authority
J.M. Kaplan Fund

$5,000 – $9,999
SiteWorks Landscape Architecture

$1,000 – $4,999
Nora Madonick, CEO, Arch Street Communications

Up to $999
Susan Ainsworth
Nanci Bateman
Pierre Boucicaut
Emory G. Lee
Craig McCaw
Kate McLetchie-Sheldon
Morgan Landscape Group
Jackie Snyder
Marc Tuozzolo

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Terry Doss

Director, Chief Restoration Scientist, NJSEA—Meadowlands Research & Restoration Institute
Terry Doss, CERP, is a restoration ecologist who serves as director and chief restoration scientist for the Meadowlands Research and Restoration Institute, NJ Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). Over the past 35 years, Terry has served as a local leader in restoring the natural... Read More →
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Sarah Dougherty, WEDG

Community Engagement Manager for Offshore Development, Invenergy
Sarah Dougherty, a senior associate with Karp Strategies, is an urban planner and climate resilience specialist with deep experience in waterfront planning and design for sea-level rise, business development, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy. She has over a decade of experience... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 1:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Safra Hall (1st Floor)

4:00pm EDT

Closing Plenary: Climate Advocacy–You Can and Must Do It Too!
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)
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