Opening Plenary & Keynotes

A talk by Paul Nelson, Jacqueline Patterson, Melissa Kops and Nora Rizzo
Resilient Cities Catalyst, NAACP, City of New Haven and Fusco Corporation

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Opening Keynotes from Jacqueline Patterson and Paul Nelson.

Jacqueline Patterson is the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.

Paul Nelson is a Founding Principal at Resilient Cities Catalyst, where he leads the organization’s engagements with cross-sectoral partners working collaboratively to source innovations and co-create new solutions to their most pressing challenges.

Paul's Keynote focuses on Leveraging Resilience to Foster Stronger, More Inclusive Communities

Cities here in the U.S. and around the world face urgent and interconnected challenges brought on by the impacts of a changing climate, long-standing economic and social inequities, and the ongoing disruptions of the pandemic. And we know that not all communities bear the brunt of these compounding risks equally. But how can we tackle these diverse challenges through our individual and collective place-based work today and into the future?

The practice of urban resilience offers valuable tools and approaches that empower practitioners across all sectors - from government officials to private developers to community leaders and beyond - to better leverage their assets to deliver more integrated solutions for communities. Bringing these practices into our respective portfolios can unlock new ways of working together to forge stronger, more inclusive and resilient places for all.

Melissa Kops


Nora Rizzo


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