Louisville’s resilience journey

Set along the Ohio River, Louisville is a city rich in history and an exemplar of the values that define the American Midwest. However, economic growth has not benefited all residents equally, and inequality is increasing.
Louisville’s disadvantaged populations face difficult challenges, from pollution to inadequate infrastructure, leading to poor health outcomes and diminished economic opportunities. The city recognizes that thoughtful planning is needed to improve existing conditions and prevent future burdens from being placed unevenly on populations that are already suffering.

Louisville is at high risk for negative impacts from heatwaves due to significant urban heat island (UHI) effects, and has been identified as among the most rapidly warming cities in the country. A major heatwave could cause dozens of deaths, increase medical costs for vulnerable populations, and increase utility expenses for all citizens. To address this growing challenge, the city is developing a UHI mitigation plan in conjunction with Georgia Tech.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Carmen Moreno-Rivera

Chief of Performance Improvement and Resilience

Carmen Moreno-Rivera joined Louisville Metro Government in November 2017, and was appointed to Chief of Performance Improvement in 2019. She leads Louisville’s strategic and resiliency planning efforts, performance management program, system design, and complex projects that focus on community impact and an efficient and effective government. She brings over 15 years’ experience in engineering, operations, and process improvement to this role.

Carmen serves on the boards of Louisville Girls Leadership, the Kentucky Science Center, and the University of Louisville’s Organizational Leadership and Learning program, and is President of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Louisville.

She holds a BSc degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an MSc in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, a graduate certificate in Business Analytics, a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, a Core Consulting Skills Certification, and an Applied Project Management Certification.

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