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About the Office of Resilience

What Does Resilience in Austin Mean?

Austin has taken strides to build a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable city. With the ongoing work of many City departments, Austin has differentiated itself and is one of the most attractive cities in the nation to live in. 

In Austin, we are proud of our city’s uniqueness, our culture, and the strength of our communities. We have come together in times of need and have bounced back stronger. But since 2008 alone, we have faced several abrupt shocks, such as the 2008 recession, droughts, wildfires, extreme heat, major flooding, the 2018 serial bombings, the 2020 Winter Storm Uri, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with these major shocks, our communities are also burdened by economic inequality, gentrification pressures, and an intensifying housing crisis. Future climate projections indicate more intense and frequent climate-related events. 

We recognize that not everyone is affected in the same way. Disasters compound existing stressors in our most vulnerable communities, which further exacerbate inequities and limit our opportunities to build resilient futures.  

Resilience is not just about preparing and responding to withstand the next disaster. It’s not just about climate adaptation. It’s about how all these efforts come together to provide opportunities for individuals to thrive.  

Resilience is “The capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow, no matter what kinds of stresses and shocks they experience.”

Our Guiding Principles

Community Relationships

Accountability & Transparency

Cultivating Trust

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Equitable Systems

People Power

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Meet Our Team

The Resilience Office works across departments and external partners to bring together a wide array of stakeholders, build support for individual initiatives, lead and support the resilience strategy development process, implement actions, and monitor the progress of resilience efforts. 

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Marc Coudert, Climate Resilience and Adaptation Manager

Marc works with city departments to embed climate adaptation strategies into long term operation and asset management planning. In this role, he also supports community organizers to increase climate resilience in the Eastern Crescent. He currently leads the Austin Resilience Hub Network Program. Marc received a Certificate in Climate Change and Health from the Yale School of Public Health, a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is a member of the NACCHO Global Climate Change Workgroup.

Oriana X. Lopez, Urban Resilience Coordinator

Oriana Lopez, is an Atlanta-born, Venezuelan-raised, Austin transplant. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Eckerd College and recently earned a dual Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Affairs from UT in May 2023. She serves as the Urban Resilience Coordinator, where she is actively involved in shaping the city's comprehensive resilience plan, advancing initiatives such as the Heat Playbook and Economic Development Lab, and spearheading community engagement efforts. Oriana's passion lies in environmental justice, and is thrilled to be part of a team working towards not only climate adaptation but also promoting racial equity in the vibrant Austin community.

Morgan Kim, Resilience Creative Coordinator

Morgan Kim, a born and raised Texan, brings a dynamic background to the role of Resilience Creative Coordinator. Holding a degree in Arts and Entertainment Technologies from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master's in Marketing, Morgan has cultivated a diverse skill set through extensive experience in the creative industry. With a passion for storytelling through visuals, Morgan has collaborated on numerous projects that merge creativity with resilience strategies.