New York City


New York City’s resilience journey

New York City has over 520 miles of coastline, and nearly 400,000 of its eight million residents live in buildings that are physically vulnerable to coastal flooding and sea level rise. Faced with an aging building stock, an expanding 100-year floodplain, and rising costs of insurance, New York City’s coastal communities need to be better prepared. The city’s efforts to protect its neighborhoods could lead to replicable, cost-effective models for the rest of the world.

Meet the Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

Jainey K. Bavishi

Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

Jainey K. Bavishi serves as the Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, which works to address the impacts of climate change through science-based analysis, policy and program development, and capacity building. She previously served as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Barack Obama. She has also led resilience initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region and in the US Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Jainey has a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Impact stories

Making Cities Resilient 2030

The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the enormous challenge of securing cities’ pursuit of the 2030 Agenda in Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Resilience.

New York City