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City names first chief resiliency officer

Thursday, March 17, 2022 by Jo Clifton

The city of Austin has named its first chief resiliency officer. Laura Patiño will join the city’s executive team after serving in a similar role with the city of Houston. Patiño helped to develop and implement the Resilient Houston strategy and the Climate Action Plan while tying in citywide recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Chief of Staff Jason Alexander announced Patiño’s appointment in a news release, which explained that Patiño will work on implementing a comprehensive community resilience plan and strategies under the Global Resilient Cities Network platform. Patiño previously worked as an environmental engineer in the private sector and as a research assistant in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hazardous Materials Laboratory at Louisiana State University. She starts her new job on April 25.

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