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Room 118 (1st Floor) [clear filter]
Monday, May 8

10:45am EDT

Managing Social Media’s Role in Community Engagement Efforts
Social media plays a rarely explored role in communications that occur to and within communities facing neighborhood-scale changes from infrastructure projects. This panel discusses social media as both a driver of support and of opposition, and the ways project practitioners can manage and address its power and drawbacks. Changes in the use of Twitter will be addressed as well as the role of social media in crisis communications.

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Melissa Aronczyk

Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Melissa Aronczyk is an associate professor in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. She is the co-author, with Maria Espinoza, of A Strategic Nature: Public Relations and the Politics of American Environmentalism (2022). Her research on strategic communication... Read More →
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Aria Cochran

Director of Communications, Waterfront Alliance
Aria Cochran is the director of communications at Waterfront Alliance where she works collaboratively across all departments to elevate the organization’s mission through digital and traditional media. Prior to joining the Waterfront Alliance, Aria served on the communications teams... Read More →
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Trever Holland

Parks, Recreation, Waterfront and Resiliency Committee & Board President, TUFF-LES (Tenants United Fighting For the Lower East Side), Chair, Community Board 3
Trever Holland is the chair of Community Board 3’s Parks, Recreation, Resiliency and Waterfront Committee in Manhattan, New York. He is also the president of Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES) and the co-founder of the Friends of Pier 35. Trever has lived... Read More →
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Dahvi Wilson

VP Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy
For over a decade, Dahvi Wilson has dedicated her career to enhancing community engagement approaches for clean energy siting. As the vice president of public affairs for Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi built and directed an industry-leading public affairs team, focused on preserving and... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Room 118 (1st Floor)

2:00pm EDT

Deferred Wharf and Pier Maintenance – Challenges and Opportunities
The Port of New York and New Jersey is now the largest in the country and one of the oldest. Similar to other infrastructure in the northeast, years of deferred maintenance have accumulated while the challenges of climate change bear down on the region. Pier and wharf replacement and restoration in the New York–New Jersey harbor could require billions of dollars in investment to keep land-based port operations at current levels. This panel explores how government and the private sector must rise to the challenge and the implications for our regional economy. Discussion includes the role of public-private partnerships, funding sources, and what policies and priorities must be addressed by both states for a sustainable future. The panel also considers what models for funding and project delivery exist in other parts of the country that can play a role in meeting this challenge.

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Stephen Famularo

Senior Vice President and East Coast Maritime Lead, WSP USA, Inc.
Steve Famularo is a senior vice president and the east coast maritime lead for WSP USA. He is a professional engineer, certified commercial diver, and board-certified port engineer with over 26 years of experience in maritime engineering including underwater inspection, marine structure... Read More →
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Patricia Gaynor

Supervisor of Engineering, Office of Ports & Water, US DOT Maritime Administration
Patricia Gaynor is the supervisor of engineering in the Office of Ports & Waterways, USDOT Maritime Administration. She has specialized in the design, construction and asset management of waterfront facilities. She has a master's in structural engineering from the University of Texas... Read More →
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Rebecca Karp

Managing Principal and CEO, Karp Strategies
Rebecca Karp is managing principal and CEO of Karp Strategies. Utilizing a data-informed, human-centered, and place-based approach, Rebecca has grown her WBE-, SBE- and DBE- certified company of 35+ into one of the leading women-owned urban planning, economic development, and real... Read More →
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Maki Onodera

Ports & Maritime Lead for US North, Jacobs
Maki Onodera is a maritime project manager with over 20 years of experience in the planning, design, inspection, maintenance, and rehabilitation of waterfront structures, both locally and internationally. His experience also includes coastal resiliency and the incorporation of resiliency... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Room 118 (1st Floor)

3:05pm EDT

Rebuild By Design: Learning from New Jersey's Solutions
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is invested in long-term mitigation, adaptation, and resilience of New Jersey’s economy, communities, infrastructure, and natural resources throughout the State. One the resiliency projects currently being implemented by NJDEP, in partnership with the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, is the Rebuild By Design – Hudson River (RBDH) Project, which takes a multi-faceted approach to improve physical, ecological, economic, and social resiliency. Initiated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2013 in response to Hurricane Sandy through the unique Rebuild By Design competition, RBDH will be built throughout the City of Hoboken, and will extend into Weehawken and Jersey City, with the goal of addressing coastal flooding from major storm surges and high tides. This panel will give a history of the project from the start of the Rebuild By Design competition to its upcoming construction phase, detail its award-winning community engagement and outreach program, and present lessons learned in implementing an almost two-mile long, multipurpose flood risk reduction structure in a dense, urban environment.

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Karen Appell

Vice President, Climate Adaptation Lead, AECOM
Karen is a vice president and the climate adaptation lead for the Water group at AECOM Metro New York, where she oversees the Extreme Weather Initiative for the region. With 25 years of experience, Karen manages multidisciplinary teams that develop strategic solutions for the planning... Read More →
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Kim McEvoy

Environmental Team Lead, NJDEP
Kim McEvoy has 20 years of professional experience with the NJDEP focused on project management, environmental remediation, and federal and state compliance. She has a bachelor of science in geoscience with a hydrology minor from Penn State University. Kim works with the project teams... Read More →
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Jonathan Miller

Asst. Project Manager, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Jonathan Miller has been with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for over three years serving as an assistant project manager for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River (RBDH) Project located primarily in Hoboken, NJ. Jonathan is involved in the administration... Read More →
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Caleb Stratton

Chief Resilience Officer/Assistant Business Admin, City of Hoboken
Caleb Stratton is the chief resilience officer and assistant business administrator of Hoboken, New Jersey. He is responsible for orchestrating and executing municipal operations across seven departments and with a staff of over six hundred. He manages delivery of the city’s capital... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 3:05pm - 3:55pm EDT
Room 118 (1st Floor)
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